“Turbo-charged blackberry meeting a spice warehouse” Matthew Jukes.
Makes dry red wines that can be bold and full-bodied with high alcohol and moderate tannins
or off-dry Blush wines known as “White Zinfandel” in California
Origin: Croatia – known as Tribidrag
Main wine-growing areas:
Puglia, Italy, where it is known as Primitivo
California where it is known as Zinfandel also a popular planting in Australia
Characteristics: Dense & fruity, spiced berries, boysenberries*, hints of dried fruits, thyme and other herbs, sweet coconut if new American oak used in maturation process; which tends to be more harmonious with the berry flavours.
Food-matching: Red Meat Casseroles, BBQ, Duck (even Chinese Duck), Chocolate – yum!!
*a strain of raspberry