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 hectare (6,000 liters/ha) 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.
The 2014 was a near to perfect vintage. We had stable weather during spring, with few showers, and no excessive humidity between late May and June. It was quite a mild summer, though dry, with no heatwaves. This led to favorable conditions for the consistent maturation of the grapes . Harvesting for the red wines started at the very end of August, with the Merlot grapes, followed in September by the Syrah varietal, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and eventually the Carignano at the beginning of October. Generally speaking, we had a good crop with excellent quality grapes; as a result we obtained rich and fine wines. Montessu 2014 is arguably one of the best vintages ever!
An elegant wine with a full mouthfeel.
Pair well with meat and cheese.
GRAPES: Carignano, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
APPELLATION: Isola dei Nuraghi IGT
ACIDITY: 4.95 g/l
points of distinction
- A modern blend made primarily from the Carignano grape.
- Matured 15 months in French oak barrels (10% new)
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.
– Sebastiano Rosa
"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."