Celebrating the year in which Cantine San Marzano was founded (1962), this Riserva is aged for 18 months in barriques to express all the strength and richness of the slightly overripe Primitivo grapes. An intense and complex wine, full-bodied and remarkably persistent, soft and rich in fine tannins.
From very old vineyards selected in San Marzano and Sava (TA), Salento Puglia, the central area of the d.o.p. ”Primitivo di Manduria”.
Grapes are hand-harvested in Mid-September in advanced status of ripening. Destemming and crushing followed by cold soak maceration at 8°C for about 24-48 hours.Thermo- controlled maceration and alcoholic fermentation for about 10 days with with autochthonous yeasts at 24-26°C.
Malolactic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks and then the wine is aged in French and American oak barrels for 18 months.
Intense ruby red colour; wide and complex to the nose, fruity with prune and cherry jam aroma, notes of tobacco and slightly spicy. A full-bodied wine, soft and rich in fine tannins, with notes of cocoa, coffee and vanilla in the end.
Best served with savoury first courses, red meats and game.
To be served at 18°C.