“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
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2014 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2018 vintage was quite challenging weather-wise. There were unusual rains in the summer that brought down temperatures and delayed the maturation of the grapes. Harvest had some stop and starts, with late August rains delaying harvest until the vineyards dried. Merlot grapes suffered the most, resulting in a blend with a low percentage of Merlot. Fortunately, September had good weather and by selecting only the best quality grapes, a good harvest was achieved.
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
GRAPES: Carignano (85%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), Merlot (5%)
APPELLATION: Isola dei Nuraghi IGT
PH: 3.75
ACIDITY: 4.95 g/l
ABV: 15%
AGING: 18 months in French oak barrels (40% new oak)
Unique Selling Points
  • A modern blend made primarily from the Carignano grape
  • First released in the 2002 vintage
  • Matured 18 months in French barrels and 6 months in bottle

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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