Mark Shannon and Elvezia Sbalchiero, the duo behind A Mano, have worked in the wine business for most of their lives. Elvezia is a northern Italian wine marketing expert and Mark is a Californian winemaker. They fell in love with Puglia and, when they decided to start their own label, made it their home. By producing high quality wines, Mark and Elvezia have succeeded in making Primitivo one of Italy's most talked about grape varieties. They pay high prices for the best grapes from 70-100 year old vines and focus solely on quality and a modern style.
The grapes for this blend are grown in vineyards located in the area of Lizzano. Suitable vineyards need to be sought out because Rosato needs both colour and full flavour at lower ripeness, which is not typical of Puglia. The sandy vineyards are high up on the hillside, dry farmed and are over 30 years old.
2019 was a difficult harvest in Puglia. There were unseasonally cold temperatures May and early June, which are critical times for all plants. Unusually heavy rain in July caused a renewal of the vegetative cycle when the plants should have been starting the maturity process. It was a year for flexibility and technology. The ability to select vineyards and the knowledge of how and when to intervene were critical. Through hard work, A Mano have nevertheless produced excellent fruit.
On arrival at the winery, the grapes were crushed and immediately pressed. The contact time with the skins was measured in seconds, not hours. The grapes were processed as fast as possible in order to ensure that all the fruit flavours were preserved and colours kept under control. The juice then underwent a slow fermentation at low temperatures of 7ºC in order to retain the delicate perfumes of the grapes.
Bright pink in colour with a lively, youthful perfume of ripe strawberries and a touch of fresh mint. On the palate, it is surprisingly full-bodied with good structure, perfectly balanced with a delicate fruit character and zesty, lightly spiced finish.
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