Masseria Li Veli 2020 'Orion' Primitivo, Salento, Puglia, Italy
“Masseria Li Veli is a stunning property that has been showing spectacular results in recent years.... It’s safe to say that Masseria Li Veli is on a fast trajectory to be one of the top estates in Southern Italy." - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate
Winemaker: Riccardo Cotarella
Farming: Organic (Certified)
Varieities: 100% Primitivo grape
Terroir: The 11-year-old vines of Cellino San Marco vineyard grow in soils of clay with limestone rock. Grapes are hand-picked and collected in small cases.
Vinification: Temperature-controlled fermentation takes place with délestages and circulation pumping in order to extract color and flavors from the skins. The wine is then transferred into French oak barriques for the malolactic fermentation. It ages 6 months in 225 L barriques.
Tasting Notes: Full bodied and dense, this wine has assertive, ripe black and red fruit tones, underscored by hints of chocolate and and a kiss of vanilla from its time in oak.
Masseria Li Veli is an imposing building on the southern most slopes of the Murge hills in the Salento peninsula, also known as the “heel of Italy”. The project is the realization of the Falvo family (previous owners of Avignonesi in Montepulciano, Tuscany) who have also strong ties to the region. The pre-existing stone structure dating to the late 19th Century has been transformed and enlarged, according to a well-planned and functional design in keeping with the style and layout of the original building.
Today, the estate comprises 35 hectares of vineyards with albarello training, planted with the traditional Apulian varieties: Negroamaro, Primitivo and Malvasia Nera. The family's vision is to establish a new quality benchmark in the region both through vineyard management and vinification. Applying the knowledge and expertise gained at Avignonesi, the effort is to realize the ultimate potential for the local varieties with wines that have more primary fruit, freshness and structural acidity while still maintaining the character this dry, hot Mediterranean land provides.