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97pt Montemajor Flétris 2015

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A brand new 97 point Primitivo from the Italian master - 'Super' Mario Ercolino!

A stunning, turbo-charged Primitivo - this southern Italian beauty is made from a single, old vine vineyard. Just one hectare in size, it has been chosen for the fantastic quality grapes it produces.

These grapes, ripened under the hot summer sun of Puglia are harvested late and then a proportion are dried at the winery to concentrate their juice before being added to the wine (a process known as appassimento). The wine is then aged in second-hand oak barrels for 12 months before spending 6 months in new oak.

The result is sensational - this appassimento style creates a wine full of rich, intense fruit, a silky, spicy, slightly sweet palate and a long, creamy finish.

But the genius here is that, thanks to the brilliant winemaking and the vineyard's proximity to the sea and its cooling breezes, the wine still has a bright, refreshing edge  - this is the touch of 'Super' Mario at work!

Exclusive to Vivino in the UK, this is a wine not to be missed by any lover of Primitivo, American Zinfandel or Amarone - or any lover of big, expressive red wine.

We could only get our hands on a small amount - and not much is made - so don't miss out on this excellent offer!

About the wine

This is a striking wine. Dark red in the glass, it explodes with aromas of black cherry, blackberries and figs. Added complexity is given by notes of violets, dark chocolate, prunes and cinnamon and black pepper spice. Rich, hedonistic and intensely concentrated, the palate bursts with more sweet, ripe fruit and spice all surrounded by a wonderfully creamy, silken texture. The finish is long with spice and vanilla. This is a Primitivo destined for greatness!

The one-hectare vineyard is located closed to Sava and San Marzano where the soil is primarily clay and sand.

The naturally dried primitivo grapes for this wine are harvested at night in October. Once in the winery, some of the grapes are saved to be dried and the rest have their stems  removed and are grapes are gently pressed. The juice is fermented at cool temperatures for two weeks. The concentrated juice from the dried grapes is added and the wine is aged in used American oak barrels for a year and then spends a further six months in new American oak.


Winemaker: 'Super' Mario Ercolino
Appellation: Salento, Puglia,  Italy

Accolades:
- 97pts, Luca Maroni
- 4.6/5 Stars, Vivino Rating

GrapesPrimitivo
Cooperage: Aged in oak
ABV14.5%
Drink2018-2023

About the winery

Montemajor is owned by renowned winemaker 'Super' Mario Ercolino and his wife, Roberta Pirone.

The winery itself is in Campania, but they have been carefully purchasing well-situated vineyards throughout Southern Italy with old vines and great potential.

Mario Ercolino knows how to make good wines and it shows in Montemajor's wines. His parents started the popular Feudi di San Gregorio, which Mario helped to propel to greatness.

About the winemaker

Like Nativ, Montemajor is the brainchild of Mario Ercolino, a winemaker also known in Italy as 'Super Mario'.

He is a winemaker who is something of a surprise to the international wine press mostly due to his quirky methods. Ercolino started as head winemaker at the famous winery Feudi di San Gregorio which achieved world fame . In 2008 he founded with some friends the widely acclaimed winery Nativ. And a few years later Montemajor followed. 

Ercolino does things his own way - this includes picking grapes 7 to 10 days later than normal harvest, to get extra ripeness and intensity. He is a self-made success achieving multiple awards from among others, Wine Spectator and the leading Italian wine critic Luca Maroni.

Mario's goal is to rank among the top regional winemakers and to make authentic and characterful wines. 

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97 points - Luca Maroni

"Maximum concentration, a wine with a strong structure and consistency... majestic and powerful with harmonious softness. The aromas are wonderful, with black cherry and fresh blackberry wrapped in spices with soft aroma and an exceptional fragrance. "

 

 

 

 

 

 

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