2016 Barrua, Isola dei Nuraghi, Punica, Sardinia, Italy

2016 Barrua, Isola dei Nuraghi, Punica, Sardinia, Italy

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2016 Barrua, Isola dei Nuraghi, Punica, Sardinia, Italy

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This wine containing 85% Carignano, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot from Sardinia is a beauty.  The nose is open knit full of macerated cherry, cassis fruit and a background hint of Tobacco leaf.  The palate is rich and full bodied with a real show of tightly knit red fruit and great acidity, so typical of those wines found in Tuscany.  Followed by secondary notes on the back palate of mocha, spice and a wonderful old world savouriness. Luscious and silky with real texture – drink now but will age well for the next 8 + years.  Top quality Sardinian wine from the makers of Sassicaia.
Stuart Rae, Commercial Manager Fine Wine (July 2020)

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This stylish blend of Carignano and 15% Bordeaux varieties has blackcurrant, tomato leaf, sweet spice and cinnamon aromas and a silky texture. Concentrated without being too heavy. Finely integrated tannins. Classy.
Susan Hulme MW, Decanter
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About this WINE

Agricola Punica

Agricola Punica

Backed by a top-pedigree winemaking team, Agricola Punica is undoubtedly a producer that should be on your radar. The project is jointly owned by Sebastiano Rosa of Tenuta San Guido (of Sassicaia fame), influential Sardinian producer Santando and oenologist Giacomo Tachis.

The wine falls under the IGT of Isola dei Nuraghi, which refers to Sardinia’s ancient stone edifices. Punica’s vineyards are in an area known as Sulcis Meridionale. With mild winters, hot and dry summers, and an average of seven hours’ sunlight per day, the growing conditions are superb. Punica believes the terroir here is perfectly suited to realising the potential of their star grape, Carignano (Carignan/Cariñena).

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Recommended Producers: Enrico Esu, Giovanni Montisci

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Carignan, as its name suggests, is presumably of Spanish in origin, from around the town of Carineña west of Priorat in the province of Aragon.

Carignan, also known as Carginano in Italy and Cariñena or Mazeulo in Spain, is one of the most widely-planted red grapes in France. Planting became widespread in France during the 1960s, when Algeria gained its independence and was no longer an inexpensive source of red grapes. Languedoc-Rousillon (Cotes du Roussillon, Corbières, Saint Chinian) is the bastion of Carignan in France, and it is also grown Provence, although it now gradually being replaced with more complex and characterful varieties such as Syrah and Grenache.

The berries are blue-black, with fairly thick, astringent skins.Carignan buds and ripens quite late, so it is resistant to spring frosts, but requires a long ripening season and warm climate. It is a vigorous grape, which can result a wine of dull character.

Carignan is useful for adding intense colour, acidity, and fleshy tannins to the archetypal Southern French blends of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault. Few select growers have managed to produce interesting, distinctive wines from this grape by carefully limiting the vine vigour and the yields.

Old Carignan vines (over 50 years) on a combination of low yields and suitable terroir can produce magnificently concentrated and characterful wine. The best expressions can be found in Priorat.

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