Primitivo Salento Mocavero 2021

Primitivo Salento Mocavero
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Primitivo Salento Mocavero, rich, soft delightful, full bodied and juicy red wine, cassis, sweet spice, dark kirsch cherry.  Try with some duck and a sweet sauce. Francesco Mocavero’s best selling wine in the UK from Puglia’s signature grape variety which does superbly well in the Salento region.  The Primitivo Salento Mocavero is trained to Albarello bushes in sandy soils. The variety tends towards uppish alcohol and lower acidity when not kept in check but Mocavero’s style has loads of freshness and finesse. The well balanced structure and alcohol complements the dark damson fruit and hints of spice. Unlike big production Primitivo, there is no stewed flavours, no sickly sweet sugar and no cloying texture. This is just lovely ‘smooth’ red to drink at any time with anything.

Is Vegan? No
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Conventional
Producer Mocavero
Country Italy
Region Puglia, Italy
Vintage 2021
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Primitivo
Terroir Clay-Sandy soils
Alcohol 14% abv
Maturation Part in barrique and part in stainless steel
Total Sulphur 90mg/l
Annual Production 10 - 20,000 bottles
Ageing Potential Best drunk young

Francesco Mocavero, what a guy.

When I first met him, he barely spoke, when asked about his wine, he said, 'e molto buono', that was it! But after a while his personality shone through as sure as the sun rises over his vines into a cloudless sky almost every day on his small wine farm in Lecce. A mild-mannered gentleman with impeccable style, Francesco understands the importance of picking early to preserve freshness in the wines from an otherwise overbaked region. He picks the Primitivo sometimes as early as the second week in August and by golly, it is fresh but at the same time, soft, full of fruit and with the characteristic dark cherry sweetness. Francesco is not a natural wine maker. He works his vineyard in as healthy a way as he can whilst ensuring a decent crop of grapes each year. All his wines offer great value for money and tend to suit most palates being some of the most approachable wines we sell. If you like red wine, try Mocavero, if you want a red for a gift then Mocavero is always a safe bet. Francesco is just like that, he is a man who likes to please. It is the Puglian way.



Based on 11 reviews

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  1. Carlo D


    I tried this wine in a restaurant and fell in love with it. Being from puglia myself I’ve tried quite a few local wines but this one tops the list for the moment. I was charged 3 times the price I paid on buonvino by the restaurant. I got 4 bottles of Mocavero on my first order. And no, I don’t work for them by the way : )

  2. Mary-Jean Avery-Smith


    I am not a great conneseaur of wines and I always bought from supermarkets until I placed my first order for Christmas at Buon Vino where I found my favourite wine “La Tour de By” a Medoc. My next order was the Cote du Rhone were i made an excellent choice. Last week I went for the wines from Puglia Italy where when I visited my uncle who lived in Puglia for many years made me taste what he said the best wines from Italy are from the Puglia region and I agreed with him! I highly recommend anyone to try these magnificent wines. Buon Vino for me You Are The Best! X

  3. Primitivo Salento


    Light, fruity, with perfect smooth taste. Highly recommended.

  4. Paul


    Extremely happy with the Primitivo Salento,a very drinkable big red. Smooth and well rounded with an abundance of red fruits, highly recommended.

  5. Beckside Boys


    With a hint of chocolate – it never disappoints. Versatile and highly recommended and difficult to beat at the price.

  6. Christopher Bromley


    You’d be hard pressed to find fault with this Primitivo and for the price, it is an absolute steal.

    Pairs exceptionally well with a nice ragu, though I often drink it by itself, such is the tasty juiciness of it.

    I will be purchasing a lot more of this stuff!

  7. Mina


    Great tast and roundness! Needs a little bit of airing.

  8. Joseph Mussell


    Juicy, bold with a touch of oak. This is an excellent Primitivo made by one of the regions best producers, mocavero.

    The wine itself is a steal at the price boasting flavours of cherry and chocolate comforted by a subtle smokey, oak backbone.

    A culmination of both the vintage and the vines averaging an age of just 15 years means the wine is slightly tight, to overcome this I recommend opening it a good hour before drinking.

    If you like sweeter, more refined Apulia reds I would also recommend Mocavero’s Salice Salentino, also sold on Boun Vino.

  9. sandra hallett


    Smooth balanced and full with intense blackberry tones. . Simple perfect ion

  10. Katherine Hayes


    We tried this wine in restaurant and had already ordered a box from you before the end of the evening. We will be ordering more from you soon! A great perk delivering free to the NW of England too. Quick delivery and great service!

  11. Derek


    A really good wine, extremely good value.

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