Grapes: Carignano, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Montessu comes from Sulcis Iglesiente, a region within southwest Sardinia whose brown earth has sandy soil that is a mixture of clay and limestone. This combines with warm, well-exposed terrain to form ideal conditions to produce great red wines. The blend’s predominant grape is Carignano, a Spanish variety found throughout the area which gives Montessu soft, elegant tannins and high pH. Exceptional wine growing conditions are also ideal for the International varieties Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, which has recently been planted. Low base production per area (0.6 millimeters) and the climate conditions favor optimal phenolic maturation. The final blend for Montessu is a mix of grapes balanced for the best results in the specific conditions of each harvest.
Wine & Spirits2013 vintage
Harvesting started a bit later than usual due to a few days of rain at the very beginning of September, though it didn’t affect significantly the quality’s grape. We started cutting the Merlot first, and continued with the Syrah, Cbt Franc and then Cbt Sauvignon; a few more days of rain in mid September forced to stop the harvesting operations; as a result, the Carignano was harvested later than usual as well, in October, as it needed to take some extra days of sunlight to reach the right ripening. Quality wise, we were able to make a good selection of grapes and the wine resulted to be excellent.
Deep ruby red in color, the wine shows intensely fruity aromas and flavors with a liquorice finish. An elegant wine with a full mouthfeel.
Pair with lamb or rich pork dishes.
GRAPES: Carignano, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
APPELLATION: Isola dei Nuraghi IGT
ACIDITY: 5.10 g/l
points of distinction
- A modern blend made primarily from the Carignano grape.
about the grape +
Carignan has an alluring blend of violet, spice, wild herb, red and black currant, and forest floor characters. Its assertive acidity and rustic gamey characters are great blending elements.
Beside having all the characteristics of a great terroir the south west corner of Sardinia where Barrua and Narcao are located, has a great quality of light which makes the maturations of the grapes perfect and very complex.