In a nutshell: A rich, warming and full bodied Primitivo from Puglia in the southern heel of Italy.
The lowdown: Fatalone is a small passionate estate wth roots going back to the 19th century and who are committed to farming organically. This, their flagship wine has a pronounced and complex bouquet of plum, prune, fig, raisin, leather, tobacco and sweet spice. On the palate plush warmth flavours are packed with sweet, spicy fruit, with touches of toasted almond on the finish.
When to drink: With its warmth and baance it's a great partner to lamb roasted with garlic and rosemary.
Fatalone, Azienda Agricola Pasquale Petrera di Orfino Rosa
A historic small estate, it was Nicola Petrera, an ancestor of the current owner Pasquale Petrera who first started growing Primitivo grapes in the Gioia del Colle region of Puglia, but it took several more generations before they started bottling their own wine under the Fatalone label in 1987 after which time theyve never looked back. They are dedicated to organic farming and only use their own estate grown grapes in their wines. In 2003 they opened a new state-of-the-art cellar, carved in the rocks combining ancient tradition with modern techniques and technology. The cellar is solar-powered, which is part of the Fatalone philosophy to work in an entirely sustainable fashion. Pasquale is passionate about the wines of this part of Puglia and it certainly shows in their excellent products.