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.
Wine Advocate2015 vintage
The 2015 vintage had an overall good season. Spring and summer provided great conditions for our grapes to ripen perfectly. Within the beginning of September, they were ready for the harvesting. We had a few days of rain in late September, which luckily did not affect our grapes. The quality of the grapes this season were wonderful.
An elegant wine with a full mouthfeel.
Pairs well with meat, cheese, game.
GRAPES: Carignano, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
APPELLATION: Isola dei Nuraghi IGT
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.
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.