In a nutshell: Full-flavoured fruity and juicy Primitivo Rosato from Puglia.
The lowdown: Puglia is known for producing great value reds full of flavour, particularly from their native Primitivo grape, but come the summer and sunshine we might want a rosé, or rosato, so step forward top co-op Produttori di Manduria's Aka. Light pressing and skin contact of about six hours results in a bright coral pink colour in the glass with aromas of fresh cherries, pomegranate and red apple with strawberry and raspberry notes. The palate is dry with loads of juicy, crunchy red fruit flavours, a crisp minerality and refreshing, balancing acidity. For those who want a bit of flavour and punch to their rosé.
Produttori di Manduria is Puglia's oldest cooperative, set up in 1932 with just 17 growers, who, nowadays have over 400 members who, collectively, cultivate more than 2,000 hectares of vines. They've long been champions of Primitivo going back long before it was the fashionable grape it is today. And while wines made from this grape forms the backbone of their production they also make a number of very interesting whites and this is where the local variety Fiano comes into its own. They're keen to keep their standards to the highest level and this is borne out by the awards they regularly achieve right across their range.
When to drink: Try with seafood risotto, grilled salmon or vegetables, or salads.