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Agricola Punica Montessu Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 2008 Agricola Punica Montessu Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 2008

Agricola Punica is a joint venture between a number of partners including Tenuta San Guido of Sassicia fame. Hailing from the south western corner of Sardinia, Montessu wine is a wine that demonstrates the outstanding quality that can be achieved with Carignano given the right conditions and careful wine making; intensely fruity with a liquorice twist.

In 2002, Agricola Punica, purchased a 370 acre estate divided between two sites: Barrua and Narcao, located in the southwest region of Sardinia, in the area known as Sulcis Meridionale. Eventhough the vineyards are situated in the DOC Carignano del Sulcis area, the wine falls under the I.G.T. of Isola dei Nuraghi.

The Barrua vineyard lies inland from the coast and is planted to 10 hectars of old, bush trained Carignano vines and 50 hectares of new Carignano,Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines. Soils are medium texture calcareous, clay and sand.

The Southwest corner of Sardinia is a near perfect environment for the hot climate traits of the Carignano vine. Winter are mild and summer are hot and dry with temperatures, stoked by the fierce scirocco African winds blowing across the Sardinian Sea, among the hottest in Italy.

In a normal year the grapes are harvested between the second half of September and the middle of October.

60% Carignano, 10% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot

The must is fermented with the skins at a temperature of between 25 and 30°C. It is periodically pumped over to facilitate the solubilization of the compounds present in the grapes.

Malolactic fermentation confers roundness to the wine, which is then aged in French oak barrels (used) for approximately 15 months.

The Montessu 2008 has a really attractive deep ruby-red colour and a pronounced nose of berry, currant, tar, liquorice and herbs. It draws back a bit on the palate, but only initially-then those tannins relax and allow the wine's prune, plum, fig, and herbal profile to flesh out in satisfying full-bodied elegance.

CLOSURE:    Cork

ALCOHOL:    14% (10.5 units of alcohol)

Per Bottle 16.99


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