(750ml)
Bottle: $11.24
12 bottles: $11.02
(750ml)
Bottle: $16.74
12 bottles: $16.41
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(750ml)
Bottle: $12.82 $13.94
12 bottles: $12.27
Rated 89 - Made from the fruit of bush vines, this has aromas of boozy cherry, chocolate, wild herbs and liquorice....
DC
89
Sale
(750ml)
Bottle: $28.89 $31.94
The Castello Monaci Artas is explosively rich and layered with ripe, sun-drenched berry fruit, black pepper spice and...
(750ml)
Bottle: $13.34
12 bottles: $12.27
Broad, ripe black fruit and spice aromas, with notes of pepper, toasty vanilla and Mediterranean scrub. On the...
Rapid Ship
(750ml)
Bottle: $8.70 $9.16
12 bottles: $8.43
Rapid Ship
(750ml)
Bottle: $32.93
Very intense and elegant ruby red colour; broad and complex fruity fragrance with hints of plum, cherry jam and...
Rapid Ship
(750ml)
Bottle: $29.93
Deep, ruby red. Complexity of scents that emphasize dried fruit and almonds with a hint of anise. Extremely rich...
(750ml)
Bottle: $63.91
6 bottles: $62.63
Rated 91 points - A medium- to full-bodied red, this is overtly herbaceous on the nose, with subtle notes of dusty...
WS
91
Case only
(750ml)
Bottle: $8.05
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(750ml)
Bottle: $16.50 $17.94
12 bottles: $12.27
A balance of elegance and power; inky black fruit, spice and white pepper, jammy black cherries, plums, blackberry...
(750ml)
Bottle: $17.94
12 bottles: $17.58
Rated 91 - A fragrant and pretty take on primitivo with dried lavender and violets highlighting a backdrop of dried...
JS
91
(750ml)
Bottle: $12.90
12 bottles: $12.64
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(750ml)
Bottle: $12.77 $13.44
12 bottles: $11.50
(750ml)
Bottle: $13.94
12 bottles: $13.66
Sale
(750ml)
Bottle: $12.94 $13.94
12 bottles: $12.27
Dense ruby red with a purplish rim, it is immediately intense on the nose with marked aromas of ripe and fleshy red...
(750ml)
Bottle: $15.94
12 bottles: $15.62
Rated 89 - Dark, brooding and spicy, the 2019 Primitivo di Manduria lifts up with notes of crushed rocks, cardamom...
VM
89
JS
88
(750ml)
Bottle: $15.54
12 bottles: $15.23
Rapid Ship
(750ml)
Bottle: $29.74
12 bottles: $29.14
Rated 91 - The 2015 Primitivo di Manduria Elegia Riserva takes some time to open in the glass, as a dusting of...
VM
91
WE
90
(750ml)
Bottle: $29.74
12 bottles: $29.14
Rated 92 - A dark, rich display of blackberry and cherry preserves lifted by minty herbal tones and sweet smoke wafts...
VM
92

Primitivo Wine

As with many European grape varietals, there is some debate regarding the precise origins of the Primitivo grape. Most people now agree that it probably came from Croatia, where it is still used widely in the production of red wine, and it known as Tribidrag. However, today it is a grape most commonly associated with the powerful red wines of Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot, where the intense sunshine and brisk Mediterranean breezes produce grapes of remarkable character and balance. Primitivo is a dark grape, known for producing intense, inky, highly tannic wines, most notably the naturally sweet Dolce Naturale and the heavy and complex Primitivo di Manduria wines. Primitivo tends to be naturally very high in both tannin and alcohol, making it ideal for both barrel and cellar ageing, which brings out its more rounded and interesting features.


Primitivo is not the easiest grape to grow or manage, and it has had something of a difficult century. Indeed, by the 1990s, there was little interest in Puglian wines in general, and winemakers were neglecting their Primitivo vineyards and looking to other, more commercially viable varietals. However, the last decade has seen this grape come well and truly back into fashion, with new techniques and a heightened interest in native Italian grape varietals bringing Primitivo back into the spotlight. It is now widely loved for its intensity and ability to be paired with strongly flavored foods.