Primo Estate (Adelaide)
❁ Primo Estate (Adelaide) www.primoestate.com.au
Joe Grilli Old Port Wakefield Road, Virginia SA 5120
Tel: 08 8380 9442 Fax: 08 8380 9696
From an unpromising location, the hot Adelaide Plains, comes a quite exceptional range of wines, the result of innovation and talent that any wineproducing country would be proud of and which cautious winemakers can only dream of. Joe Grilli was clearly no ordinary Roseworthy graduate and he had both the confidence and ability to go where others are still frightened to follow, building on his Italian heritage and inspired by travels in Italy. He took on the running of his father’s vineyard in 1979 and hasn’t stopped experimenting since. Estate plantings are now supplemented from vineyards just south of Adelaide and in McLaren Vale proper as well as by bought-in grapes. All premium wines are labelled Joseph. His Cabernet/Merlot (90% Cabernet) uses partially dried grapes mostly from McLaren Vale. Dubbed Moda (Amarone) by Grilli, this is a richly textured, exuberant wine full of ripest cassis, blackberry and black plum fruit with plenty of oak, at its best with 5-10 years’ age. La Magia is a late-harvested Riesling with a long history of experimentation; currently it is composed primarily of botrytised Eden Valley fruit and has also included Traminer on occasion. A fleshy, mellow, complex Sparkling Red is produced a unique blend of museum vintages from the last forty years combined with “solera” hogsheads of Moda Cabernet Merlot and Primo Estate Shiraz. Made since the 2001 vintage is ripe, perfumed Pinot Grigio d’Elena, a flavoursome but zippy expression of the variety. Under the Primo Estate label are Il Briccone, Shiraz/Sangiovese (with a little Cabernet, Nebbiolo and Barbera), and a zesty tropical and citrus-fruited La Biondina (mostly Colombard with Riesling and Sauvignon). Also made are a tiny amount of fortified Frontignan (Muscat), Fronti, Shale Stome Shiraz, Zamberlan Cabernet Sangiovese made using the ripasso method, Merlesco Merlot (unoaked) and vintage-dated olive oils and vinegars.
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