These days the vineyards of Primitivo still planted along the seaside in the sand dunes away from development and industry are very rare. They are the proof of an ancient and unique viticulture with very low yields and where it’s still possible to find ungrafted vinestocks.
The harvest of Dunico (Unique on the Dunes = DUN-ICO), one of Felline’s Cru Primitivos is usually very early: around the last week of August. In this soil, Primitivo is very powerful, concentrated, and expresses a long sequence of complex notes. After destemming of the grapes, the grapes are crushed and the wine fermented and macerated at a temperature of 25-27°C. The new wine is then aged in French oak for between 9-12 months.
An intense red colour with a touch of violet, the wine displays a long sequence of complex notes: from ripe to candied fruits, dried figs, almonds, cloves and helichrysum. In the mouth, it is full-bodied and elegant with hints of alcohol-steeped cherries, tobacco, and dried fruit, that persist in a long finish. This aromatic concentration and complexity is a testament to the proximity of the vineyard to the sea and the sandy composition of the soil. Ideally paired with mature cheeses or enjoyed on its own.