75cl * 12.5% ABV * Puglia, Italy
In the heel of Italy, Manduria is considered the birth place of the native Primitivo grape, and was officially recognised as such in the 1970s when a DOC was created for the region. However Produttori di Manduria had been making wines for 40 years by then, unashamedly proud of their deep affection for Primitivo. As well as making high quality examples of Puglia's most famous vinous export, the co-operative is well versed in producing fascinating whites from Fiano and Verdeca.
This Fiano is a classic example of the grape. Intense and complex white peach fruit and blossom, honeysuckle, aromatic herbs and pine sap translate into a mature and well-structured palate. There's no oak aging, which keeps the palate fresh and fruit-forward, with a pleasant and persistent jasmine-floral finish.
A perfect pairing for Paglia e Fieno (translation: straw and hay), a traditional Italian dish originating from Siena, referring to green spinach pasta noodles (hay) and yellow egg pasta noodles (straw), but also fish and shellfish, as well as chicken, pork and veal.