Botter Borgo Del Mandorlo 2020 ~ Primitivo, Italy
Asia Wine & Spirits Awards - Ranked 19 out of 70 top wines (2017 vintage)
Winestyle " ..full-bodied, rounded, well structured, very harmonious and surprisingly soft, with a velvety texture, tones of black fruit and magnificent, complex, silky tannins. The finish is very long and bright."
Vintage "delicate, intense, fruity taste of cherry, plum and tamarind. The perfect combination creates a round, gentle wine with a smooth, velvety, long and soothing aftertaste."
The Winemaker "sourced from top vineyards in the DOC Manduria zone - home of Italy's best Primitivo vineyards. This wine shows the exuberant, lush side with ripe cherry and plum flavours with notes of spice and chocolate."
The Winemaker "Intense purple colour, tending towards amber with ageing The bouquet gives notes of varietal fruits This wine has a very solid structure due to the elevated alcohol and the balance between the soft tannins and acidity Great wine for roasted and grilled meats. Ideal with game dishes. Excellent with mature hard cheeses"
Wine Enthusiast "A bright nose of orange spice, blackberry and dark cherry jam carries accents of anise and violet. This is supple and smooth on the palate displaying polished fruit jam tones alongside shots of blood orange and warm spice. A bit of warmth shows on the palate, and it ends a little astringent, but overall this is enjoyable for its forward nature." (2018 Vintage)
Botter is one of Italy's largest, family-owned wineries and has been producing and exporting wines for almost a century. Today one in every 35 bottles of Italian wine exported is produced by Botter which is managed by the family's third generation of vignerons. Botter is committed to organic and sustainable winemaking practices at many of its vineyards which are located in Puglia, Veneto and Friuli. The winery has won over 100 top international awards for its wines, most notably the gold medal Vinalies Internationales 2014, China Wine & Spirits Awards 2013, Concurs Mondial de Bruxelles 2010, Berliner wine Trophy 2013 and Mundus Vini 2013.
The Borgo Del Mandorlo is Botter's tribute to Apulia, to its history. In the Roman times, Pliny the Old owned the wonderful and special marvels of the lands now in the provinces of Taranto and Lecce; one of this places can be visited and has his name: the Plinian source. It’s a large natural cave where light enters through a small space. The entrance has a circular wall of sandstone. The really marvellous thing is that an almond tree has grown there. It is a tree loved by the Apulian inhabitants and we have drawn our inspiration for ther name of our Apulian wines. Enchanting wines, full bodied and intense that will delight you sip after sip. Destemmed and soft pressed grapes are vinified by using the traditional “submerged cap” system, carefully controlled in order to extract delicate tannins and varietal fruit characteristics. Fermentation and macerations last 12/15 days at a controlled temperature not exceeding 28°C. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation are completed.
Primitivo, the grape variety from which these wines are made, is very traditional for the Primitivo region of Italy. It is the only viticultural area in Italy to specialize in the variety. California is also a major centre for the grape in its guise as Zinfandel. Primitivo got its name because it ripens early. It shares this quality with Spain's Tempranillo: Temprano means "early" in Spanish.