DWWA Gold Medal 2021: Feudo Croce, Primitivo di Manduria DOP "Imperio LXXIV" 2019


The love affair between the Tinazzi family and Puglia began 20 years ago.

During a visit to Puglia in 2001, Gian Andrea Tinazzi realised that the local indigenous grape varieties, mainly Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera, had a huge potential. A few months later, the family decided to invest in this new region and bought a property of about 20 hectares in the Alto Salento, where the current Feudo Croce farm was built in the years that followed.

Feudo Croce, takes its name from the Menhir or Pietrafitta (standing stone) of "La Croce", which was found near the estate in Carosino, a Città del Vino (City of Wine) in the province of Taranto. The stone is an ancient megalithic monument - possibly dating back to the Bronze Age - which in Roman times was used as a waymark by traders. The Pietrafitta della Croce, which at 4 metres high is one of the highest extant examples, marked the crossroads between important historic trading routes: La Salentina, the Limitone dei Greci and the Appian Way.

Like the Menhir that is its namesake, Feudo Croce aims to be a reference point for the area and a crossroads for international markets. In fact, Feudo Croce remains strongly linked to local traditions and products but from here it takes its products overseas, exporting them to over 30 countries worldwide.

Tinazzi’s Feudo Croce line of wines is dedicated to the territory of Manduria and Salento. The wines are made with traditional cultivation methods, such as the typical alberello bush-vine system and are full of fruit and body on the nose and the palate.

The top wine in the Feudo Croce range is the Primitivo di Manduria DOP Imperio LXXIV, where the Roman numeral celebrates the foundation year for DOC Primitivo di Manduria: 1974.

The Imperio LXXIV is one of Tinazzi’s regular prize-winners, and Decanter World Wine Awards 2021 was true to form, giving the 2019 vintage a Gold Medal.

How does one describe this record-breaking wine?

Feudo Croce Imperio LXXIV Primitivo di Manduria DOP 2019 is a smooth, full-bodied wine. Its winning characteristics are the complex aromas of ripe red fruit, spices and chocolate, combining the tradition of ancient vineyards and the warmth of a region of great charm like Puglia in the glass.

The Tinazzi family's love for Puglia is constantly reciprocated: year after year the vineyards give us wines that are more and more evocative and captivating.

Translated by ICY

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