Frisino is a family-owned company based in Puglia, south of Italy. It has a long history and reputation of producing high quality extra virgin olive oil. It started to produce wines in 2018 by using indigenous grapes varieties from Puglia. Legami is one of its special collections where a rosato and a bianco are inspired by the women of the family, a mother and a daughter, two different souls, united by a unique and indissoluble bond. The labels are very chic and beautifully designed. Fresh and delicacy is the common style of both wines.
The Rosato is the mother in the Legami collection. It is made from 100% Primitivo (also known as Zinfandel in the U.S.), one of the signature native grapes from Puglia. The wine shows a pale salmon colour. It has an elegant nose of white flowers, strawberry, pomegranate, citrus, herbs, fruit candy with some sea breeze and mineral notes. On palate, it is tangy with medium plus level of acidity, light body with delicate red fruit flavours and a bitter citrusy aftertaste mingled with steely minerality. Tannin is almost invisible in this wine which makes it a fantastic wine to sip alone under the sun or pair with delicate and savouy foods such as sashimi and sushi.
However, I do feel that there is more room to explore on this sapid and elegant wine, so I tried to match this wine with a number of different snacks and cuisines, some of the highlights include: shrimp cracker, Korean style of sea food pan cake, Japanese style of grilled mackerel. They all taste fantastically. But my favourite pairing is our home-made Poached Chicken served with Ginger and Spring onions in Oil. As the chicken’s flavour is delicate and only enhanced by the salty ginger and spring onions oil sauce, it actually needs a subtle wine to pair like this rosato. Moreover, the herbal notes of the wine compliments very well with the ginger and spring onion flavours of the dish and make both the wine and dish more complex and enjoyable. Delicious!