Cantele Primitivo, Salento, Puglia
Italy 2016 £9.95, £ Tanners Wines; Armit Wines
As is the case in much of southern Italy’s wine lands, Puglian primitivo has vastly improved in the past couple of decades. It was once the case that the variety – and other locals such a as negroamaro and nero di troia – was lost i in cheap, mass-produced bottles. These d days, fastidious producers are proving its w worth, making wines that can age as well as s some of California’s top zinfandels. Among m my favourites are Fatalone Primitivo Gioia d del Colle, Puglia 2015 (£11.95, Don Veeto), a natural, biodynamic take on primitivo with a lipsmacking sweet-sour quality that is so o often the hallmark of the best Italian wines, a as well as layers of red and black cherry and a bakewell tart nuttiness; and the Cantele f family’s super-suave bottling from the S Salento peninsula (the heel of Italy’s boot) w with its easy fresh plum and mocha charm.