Joha, Guttarolo

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Joha, 2019, Guttaolo

A ripe and sun-kissed Southern Italian red that screams hot summers and black fruit

Region: Puglia, Italy
Grape(s): Primitivo & Susumaniello
Genre: Organic
Low Sulphur: Yes
Tasting Notes: Blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, violet, dusty tannins

Down in the very warm, southern Italian region of Puglia, Cristiano Guttarolo is making organic and low-sulphured wines that represent the region yet go against the common style. With vineyards planted on limestone and at around 400 metres above sea level, his grapes benefit from the cooling breezes from the sea allowing them to retain more acidity than is often found in Puglia. Still ripe and rich wines, they have a minerality and balance that enhances their quality no end, and his methods in the vineyard and cellar only takes this further.

Joha 2019 is a blend of 80% Primitivo and 20% of the rare and ancient grape Susumaniello. It is fermented with the skins for only 6 days, which is still enough to extract a good amount of colour and a fine and elegant tannin structure. It is then pressed off into concrete vats where it rests for around 6 months before bottling unfined, unfiltered and with no additions. It is has ripe fruits in abundance, like walking through a forest with brambles, black cherries, blueberries, violet flowers all balanced with a pleasing acidity and gentle tannin.