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WINE OF THE WEEK: Paolo Leo Primitivo di Manduria 2016, Puglia, Italy

£8.24 on offer, Waitrose and Ocado


I originally chose a new Argentine Malbec for this week, Tabu 2016 made by Luigi Bosca (fragrant, briary, lightly oaked, £11.99, Waitrose), but this Primitivo, a perennial favourite and a great barbecue wine, is temptingly on offer, down from £10.99 until 12 June when you buy any 6 bottles. Genetically, Primitivo, which originated in Croatia, is the same as California's Zinfandel, but at home in Puglia in southern Italy, way down in the heel of the boot, it produces a wine with a slightly different character – a little lighter, fresher and less jammy than the traditional California style. The 2016 Paolo Leo, made from old vines and aged for six months in French oak, is full-bodied, smooth and fleshy, but there's precision and brightness to the dark, ripe, berry fruit and a savoury, lightly herbal undertow. Other than barbecues, it's good with cheese dishes, pizza, spaghetti with meatballs, spicy sausages and vegetable dishes such as caponata.

Paolo Leo Primitivo di Manduria, Puglia, Italy

£8.24 when you buy any 6 bottles of wine, reduced from £10.99 until 12/6/18, Waitrose and Ocado

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