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Dolce Primitivo 2017

Regular
R350.00
Member
R315.00
Varieties
Primitivo
Vintage
Country
South Africa
Region
Wellington
Alcohol
9.7%
Bottle size
500 mL

Description

During World War 2, many Italian Prisoners of War were stationed at the Cape, bringing with them skills and traditions we still admire today. Some of them stayed on the farm but sadly one of them drowned in the dam. We thought it would be fitting to use Italian Primitivo planted around this dam to make a sweet commemorative wine which tells the poignant history of these prisoners. Historically Wellington was the dried fruit capital of South Africa when in the 19th century farmers dried their apricots in the warm summer sunshine. So to commemorate the Italian, and our dried fruit industry, Corlea picked the grapes and dried them for a few days on the old racks used for drying fruit. The grapes were then brought into the cellar and transferred to open 500L barrels where they were stomped on to release the juice which would start fermentation naturally. This is a special wine to end off a special meal.

Eyes

Deep crimson red darkening towards the edges.

Nose

Concentrated aromas of stewed prune, black berries and maraschino cherry with notes of honeyed raisins and cinnamon.

Mouth

A lovely natural sweet wine with enough acidity and fine tannin to ensure that the wine is not sticky but ends off on a refined note.

Body

full

Winemaking Notes

he sun-dried, raisin-like grapes are placed in open top barrels for fermentation. Natural fermentation lasts up to 4 weeks before pressing in a basket press. Then the barrels are filled and closed for maturation for 9 months before bottling.

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