An elegant Pinot Grigio from the cool McLaren Vale sub-region of Clarendon. Vibrant apple and pear aromatics with deliciously savoury mineral notes on the palate. Joe Grilli, Primo Estate’s owner and winemaker, named his Pinot Grigio 'd’Elena' as he planted his single hectare of Pinot Grigio vines the week his daughter Elena was born in 1998. Twenty one years later, the vines have developed deep roots in the shale stone soil and produce a savoury Pinot Grigio with minerality and elegance. The fruit is handpicked and very gently pressed before fermentation in stainless steel. The wine is bottled early to preserve the delicate fruit characters. The d'Elena offers fresh citrus fruit acidity and light pear fruit. This wine's natural acidic balance and savoury mineral length make it perfect for seafood and light meats.
The story of La Magia dates back to the late 1970's when a young Joe Grilli was experimenting with Botrytis at Roseworthy's School of Winemaking. Captivated by the way this technique completely transformed pristine grapes into the exotic elixir of a sweet white wine, Joe applied his the method he developed on a batch of 1981 Riesling in the newly built Primo Estate winery. The rest, as they say, is history... Fast forward to 2016, and while the technique is the same, Joe is now sourcing Riesling from the Angel Gully vineyard in Clarendon, McLaren Vale. The cool nights at our 250m altitude vineyard combined with the sloping, stony soil of the Clarendon sub-region show themselves in the mineral character and tingling acidity of the palate. The subtle spicy lift of La Magia comes from a 15% blend of first-class raisined Traminer from the Barossa Valley. Careful monitoring as the ‘noble rot’ botrytis concentrates the flavour of the grapes gives the wine an intensity and richness of flavour. The balance of luscious, soft sweetness and cleansing fresh acidity comes from blending botrytised fruit with naturally dried grapes. The nose is saturated with floral and summer fruit characters: fresh and lifted. The floral intensity really stands out with delicious honeysuckle rose and orange blossom characters. Spicy Traminer notes on the finish. Succulent mandarin and apricot fruit balanced with generous amounts of fresh zippy acid shine through on the palate. More intense Riesling flavours than in previous years from the mineral character of the Clarendon fruit.
This is rich, smooth McLaren Vale Shiraz at its best. A carefully assembled blend of fruit from our two McLaren Vale vineyards. The classic richness of our McMurtrie Road Vineyard in the heart of McLaren Vale is evident in this wine. However, it is the perfume and mineral texture of Shiraz grown in the shale stone of the higher altitude Angel Gully Vineyard in the subregion of Clarendon that sets it apart.
A rich and complex red that has been crafted using the Northern Italian 'Ripasso' technique. The 2019 vintage shows succulent cassis fruit notes over chocolate and tobacco. It was winemaker Joe Grilli’s father-in-law, Rinaldo Zamberlan, who suggested making a unique, complex red using the Northern Italian 'Ripasso' technique. Rinaldo’s other suggestion, making Grappa, will have to wait! To create this wine using the Ripasso technique, newly fermented Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon juice is poured over the dried grape skins from our flagship red, the JOSEPH Moda, for additional fermentation. The new wine is then pressed and barrel aged for 12 months. The end result is a full bodied and rich red with succulent cassis fruit notes over chocolate and tobacco. The Sangiovese gives the wine a savoury finish with a burst of cherry fruit character.