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 wines of quality, 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. After over fifteen vintages, they are now getting access to some of Salento's best grapes.
The grapes for this blend are grown in vineyards located in the Salento peninsula of Puglia. 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.
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.
A Mano Rosato is immediately enjoyable, then offers wave upon wave of flavours that evolve with time in the glass. Exotic tropical fruit aromas and a hint of crystallised ginger are followed by rich, lush citrus flavours and combine with creamy fruit to balance the vibrant acidity. The Primitivo grape contributes a blackberry character and the Aleatico has ripe peach and tropical aromas to add complexity.
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Name A Mano Rosato Country Italy Region Bari, Puglia ABV% 13% Vintage 2017 Grape Variety 75% Primitivo, 25% Aleatico Size 750ml Dietary Information Suitable for Vegetarians, Suitable for Vegans, Sustainable