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The wines of Primo Estate, Adelaide Plains, Australia

Primo Estate Wines
PO Box 77/Corner of Old Port Wakefield Road and Angle Vale Road, Virginia, South Australia, 5120
Tel: 08 8380 9442 Fax: 08 8380 9696
Website: www.primoestate.com.au
E-mail : info@primoestate.com.au
UK importer Australian Wine Agencies (info@australian-wine.co.uk)

Primo Estate traces its origins back to 1973 when Primo Grilli planted a vineyard 30 kilometres north of Adelaide, near the coast. His son Joseph took an oenology course at Roseworthy Agricultural College, graduating in 1979, which was also the first vintage at the estate.

Joe Grilli has become known for his innovative winemaking and predilection for unusual (by Australian standards) grape varieties. These include the ‘Moda’ Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, made with the traditional Italian method of partial drying of the grapes after picking. This was first produced in 1987. In recent years they have been planting Italian varieties, including Sangiovese, Barbera and Nebbiolo.

Primo Estate La Biondina 2002
An attractive Colombard. Fresh aromatic nose with a pretty fruit character. Lovely rich-textured fruit on the palate with ripe peachy notes. Some residual sugar? Very good+

Primo Estate Il Briccone Shiraz Sangiovese 2000
Appealing sweet ripe, liqueur-like berry fruit nose leads to a ripe, sweetly fruited palate. Great concentration to this seamless wine. Appealing. Very good/excellent

Primo Estate Joseph Cabernet Merlot ‘Moda Amarone’ 2000
Sweet intense berry fruit with a spicy oak edge. Great concentration on the intensely spicy, richly fruited palate. Some firm tannins, too. Brilliant in a full-on style. Very good/excellent

Primo Estate Joseph Cabernet Merlot ‘Moda Amarone’ 2000
Lovely sweet ripe fruit on the nose with a liquoricey edge. The chunky palate shows seamless berry fruit along with good acid and nice chalky tannins. Very appealing in a super-ripe style. Very good/excellent

Primo Estate Joseph Sparkling Red
Really lovely ripe chocolatey fruit here, which is nicely offset by the fizz and acidity. Appealing with some sweetness on the finish. Very attractive. Very good/excellent

see also: tasting notes of Australian wines

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