We can confidently say it is a wine that needs little introduction. The luscious, rich and ripe Sub-$20 Italian - that we have sourced in original wooden cases - that clocked 99 Points with Italian wine guru Luca Maroni, not once (2017), not twice (2018) but now make that three in a row with the Masso Antico 2019.
When we first introduced Australian audiences to this wine, we made comparison to Amaranta, the modestly priced ($45 RRP) Italian red that scored a massive 99 Points from Maroni and went on to become our biggest ever selling imported wine. Why the comparison? Well, Masso Antico Primitivo was another rich and ripe Italian selling by the container and eliciting the same sorts of scores Amaranta had. The only thing is, Masso was doing it for about half the price!
Maroni, whom just like James Halliday in Australia, publishes a much sought after Best Italian Wines Annual (Annuario Dei Migliori Vini Italiani) has again bestowed his highest 99 Point rating on the Masso Antico Primitivo Appassito 2019. That is, a 99 Point wine, that despite its higher retail, we can again bring to you - in original wooden box dozens - for just $19.99 per bottle!
First the wine. Known in Australia and the US as Zinfandel, this Primitivo is at home in Puglia's warmth. This is made using dried, concentrated grapes, in the same way as Amarone. The resultant wine is rich, ripe, bright, luscious and laden with roasted plum, black cherries, vanilla and sweet spice. It will continue to develop over the next 5 to 6 years. Obviously the Maroni's 99 Point rating and review is the kicker here: "Great concentration and impressive softness. A wine that everyone will enjoy" although impeccable premium packaging and exquisite wooden boxed dozens is a nice little bonus.
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