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Primo Estate
23 August 2011 | Primo Estate

Huon Hooke rates the 2010 Primo & Co Venetian

Huon Hooke has reviewed the 2010 Primo & Co Venetian Garganega in the Sydney Morning Herald on August 23, 2011

Tastes like a soave, made by Joe Grilli of Primo Estate. A very enjoyable quaffing dry white; light bodied, nicely balanced and adaptable with food.
Straw and spice aromas, fairly simple with fresh acidity and a properly dry finish.
Drink over the next two or three years; 12 percent alcohol.

Click here to order the 2010 Primo & Co Venetian Garganega

Primo Estate
18 August 2011 | Primo Estate

Moda Makes the Top Dozen

The 2008 JOSEPH Moda has made The Australian Wine Journal's Top Dozen for 2010/11.

Up and coming wine blogger Chris Plummer has just released his inaugural Top Dozen wines.  Chris selected the 2008 JOSEPH Moda in his best wines of the year alongside names like Cullen, Grosset, Wendouree and Tapanappa.

Chris writes of the 2008 Moda:  Like the Wendouree, Joseph's 2008 Moda was hardly born out of a wonderful year for McLaren Vale cabernet, but this time, I feel Joe Grilli's freakish winemaking abilities have helped carve out a magnificent wine every bit as much as the choice of his vineyard site and its management. In fact, McLaren Vale's suffered through a few less than perfect cabernet vintages lately, but Grilli's time proven ability to make deliciously rich, hedonistically smooth, ripe and dusty cabernet merlots using the Italian Amarone method of drying grapes on racks after harvest, has once again produced a stunning take on McLaren Vale cabernet. As with Wendouree's 2008 Cabernet Malbec, I don't actually feel the 2008 Moda is one of Jospeh's very best vintages, but it still serves as a benchmark as to what can be achieved in unbelievably hot, dry seasons.

Click here view the Australian Wine Journal blog

Sadly we sold out of the 2008 JOSEPH Moda earlier this year, however the current 2009 vintage is also looking superb!

Click here to see the new vintage Moda

Primo Estate
18 August 2011 | Primo Estate

Huon Hooke rates the 2009 JOSEPH Nebbiolo

Huon Hooke recently reviewed the new 2009 JOSEPH Nebbiolo in the Sydney Morning Herald.  Huon writes:

From Joe Grilli of Primo Estate, this is one of the more powerful Nebbiolos around.  There's a lot of savoury, barrel derived effect (rather than overt oak), with vibrant berries and a dash of mint.

Lashings of gripping tannin surround a rich, fruit-sweet core.

Impressive Stuff!  92/100

Drink now - 2020

Click here to order the 2009 JOSEPH Nebbiolo

Primo Estate
15 August 2011 | Primo Estate

Primo Secco Reviewed by Louise Radman

Louise Radman featured our new Primo Secco NV in the July issue Adelaide Magazine.

A fresh, fruitful blend of Colombard, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc in the style of Italian Prosecco.  Light bodied and aromatic with bubbly passionfruit personality, lemongrass tang and vivacious sparkle.  Makes the perfect aperitivo, spritzer of Bellini cocktail.

Match with goat curd, white anchovy, antipasto.

Click here to order Primo Secco today

Primo Estate
2 August 2011 | Primo Estate

Merlesco 2011 reviewed in the Age

Ralph Kyte Powell reviewed the new release 2011 Merlesco Merlot in Epicure Uncorked on August 2nd, 2011.  Ralph writes:

The label on this young South Australian merlot advises that it's 'best enjoyed chilled on a hot day',  It is true, a no-fuss, summer-weight red wine with earth blueberry and plummy aromas that have a slight bubblegum-like, whole bunch character.  The palate is all about soft, suicy, spicy fruit character that finishes dry.

Food ideas:  Pasta with lamb and tomato sauce; veal sausages

Click here to order the 2011 Merlesco Merlot

Primo Estate
11 July 2011 | Primo Estate

New Vintage Merlesco and il Briccone released

We are delighted to announce the new vintage release of two of our favourite Primo Estate wines, Merlesco Merlot and il Briccone Shiraz Sangiovese.

2011 Merlesco Merlot

One of our more eagerly awaited releases, our 'little Merlot' has been sold out since February.  The cooler than average 2011 growing season has produced a delightful Merlesco, brimming with bright red fruit characters laced with subtle spice and perfume.  click here to view the 2011 Merlesco tasting note, click here to buy now

2010 il Briccone Shiraz Sangiovese

The thirteenth release of 'the rogue', the 2010 il Briccone is set to steal hearts.  The first of our barrel aged reds to be bottled from the 2010 vintage, this wine is proof that the talk surrounding this vintage is not without substance.  Lifted spicy aromas, rich dark fruits and delicate length with a fine seam of tightly woven savoury tannins make the 2010 il Briccone a very complete wine.  click here to view the 2010 il Briccone tasting note, click here to buy online now

Primo Estate
17 May 2011 | Primo Estate

JOSEPH Angel Gully is one of McLaren Vale's 'Scarce Earth' wines.

The 2009 JOSEPH Angel Gully Shiraz has been selected as one of 19 'Scarce Earth' wines - single-block wines that represent the best that McLaren Vale has to offer.

Primo Estate
2 April 2011 | Primo Estate

Primo Secco Is Reviewed

Franz Scheurer has reviewed our new Primo Secco on Australian Gourmet Pages.  Franz writes:

This is the first white sparkling I've seen from Primo Estate and it's a winner. It has all the hallmarks for quality you've come to expect from Joseph and Dina Grilli. It's made in a Prosecco style but it is considerably drier than any Prosecco I've tried. It has a lovely fruit-forward bouquet and the aromas (later confirmed on the palate) remind me of the floral, perfumed richness of a Trebbiano grape. It's only RRP $20 and at that it's a steal.

To view his April 2011 article head to

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Primo Estate
31 March 2011 | Primo Estate

The Age reviews La Biondina: 'full of life'

Despite approaching her 30th vintage in 2011, La Biondina shows that she is still 'full of life' and can capture the hearts of wine critics Australia wide with this latest mention in The Age, Tuesday March 29, 2011.

Ralph Kyte-Powell writes:

"Colombard usually misses out when it comes to perceptions of wine quality but Joe Grilli of Primo Estate has elevated its status through La Biondina (the blonde). Made from grapes grown close to Adelaide, the 2010 typifies the style -- fresh, grapey, uncomplicated but full of life. Not quite as much passionfruit as previous editions, it's still succulent and zippy. 4 Stars."


Click here to order some 'full of life' La Biondina for yourself!

Primo Estate
25 March 2011 | Primo Estate

Primo Secco is Launched

Long time fans of Italian Prosecco, Joe and Dina Grilli have turned their hands to the production of a delicate and aromatic sparkling wine with the same crisp savoury finish of the afore mentioned Venetian classic.