2019 Miro Primitivo
Miro miro on the wall, who is the fairest wine of all? ...Who knows, but we do know that Cristiano Guttarolo's '19 ‘Miro’ is pretty darn fair. It's a liminal red that lingers between Summer and Winter. Ribbons of tart, brambly young fruit, tight red cherries, tangy dried raspberries and rhubarb sail around your mouth in effervescent whirls. Left on your tongue is a wonderful hazy mineral imprint from the limestone soils. Chill this red down and put your feet up.
Cantine Guttarolo sits outside the Italian town of Gioia del Colle in the stables of an old farmhouse. Vines grow on a plateau of fossilised limestone 400m above sea level, away from the plains that often produce flabby vino. Organic farming, no irrigation and no machinery in the vineyard; natural fermentations and no additives in the winery. Miro is Cristiano's take on Puglia’s native variety Primitivo, from a young plot he planted a decade ago, that spent just four days on skins, with fermentation and aging taking place in stainless steel. Pure, expressive stuff.