2018 Barrua, Isola dei Nuraghi, Punica, Sardinia, Italy

2018 Barrua, Isola dei Nuraghi, Punica, Sardinia, Italy

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2018 Barrua, Isola dei Nuraghi, Punica, Sardinia, Italy

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Berry Bros. & Rudd BB&R 23 cases £159.00
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Description

This new 2018 shows all the character which makes Barrua such a striking, deliciously appealing red for the price. There is great depth and concentration of rich dark berry fruit, all managed with a skilful lightness of touch with give balance and an attractive freshness on the finish.

The texture on the palate is distinctively Barrua, coming from this unique blend; rounded and velvety in texture, matching the ripeness of the fruit, but with high-quality, crisp tannins which make the finish clean and refreshing. Best to leave for another couple of years before starting to enjoy, and with quality and character to mature to 2035.

David Jones, Account Manager, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Aug 2022)

Due to land November 2022

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Critics reviews

James Suckling93/100

Perfumed nose with blackcurrants, blackberries and subtle red roses. Full-to medium-bodied with creamy, integrated tannins that caressing the mouth. Just slightly chewy at the end, but will soften in a year or two. Succulent and delicious. Drink or hold.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (Mar 2022) Read more

Decanter91/100

Fresh and subtly spicy aromas are followed by dark red fruits with a dollop of chocolatey richness which, despite a powerful kick of alcohol, is neatly contained in a framework of fine tannins and fresh, juicy acidity. Its grippiness demands food.

Drink 2022 - 2026

Anthony Rose, Decanter.com (May 2022) Read more

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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Sardinia

Sardinia

Recommended Producers: Enrico Esu, Giovanni Montisci

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Carignan

Carignan

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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