“Barrua” is the name of the vineyard parcel within the Sulcis Iglesente region in southwest Sardinia. Grapes are sourced from the Barrua and Narcao vineyards. The Sulcis region is dominated by Carignano, an indigenous grape that is known for its elegant and velvety tannins. Carignano thrives in the local climate and well-exposed sandy soil that is a mixture of limestone and clay. International varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot also thrive in the area’s optimal conditions. Production per hectare is low (about 5,000 liters/ha). Hand harvested grapes undergo temperature-controlled fermentation. Each variety is vinified separately, and the wine is transferred to French oak barriques (40% new oak, 60% best second passage barrels) with a medium toast. The wine ages for about 18 months then rests for 40-50 days in cement tanks and 6 months in bottle. The final composition varies each year based on the specific conditions of each harvest.

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2014 vintage
94 Points
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2016 vintage
Tasting Note

A deep violet color, the wine displays aromas of spices, wild herbs, and mature red fruits. On the palate, the wine is soft and elegant with fine tannins and notes of sage, myrtle, rosemary and vanilla. Notes of red fruits, pepper and licorice add an interesting spiciness before a harmonious and persistent finish.

Food Pairing

Grilled steak, game, aged cheese

Technical Data
APPELLATION: Sulcis Meridionale
Unique Selling Points
  • The “Super Sardinian”
  • A modern blend made primarily from Carignano
  • Aged for 18 months in French oak barriques (40% new oak)
  • Agricola Punica was founded by an all-star team of winemakers in 2002

About the Grape

Carignan
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.
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