“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 brown earth composed of calcareous clay, and sandy soil. 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.

92 Points
Wine Spectator
2019 vintage
93 Points
2019 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2019 vintage began with a dry winter season. By May, some rain had fallen that refreshed the environment and soil. The weather conditions were fairly good and grapes reached a good maturation level under normal conditions. In September, some rain caused the harvest to halt for a time, but it was resumed with no issues and brought in good quality grapes with interesting acidity and good phenolic compounds.
Tasting Note
A deep ruby red color, the wine displays aromas of mature red fruits, wild herbs, and spices. 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: 3.68
ACIDITY: 5.17 g/l
ABV: 14.5
AGING: 18 months in French oak barrels (40% new oak)
Unique Selling Points
  • The “Super Sardinian”
  • A modern blend made primarily from Carignano, an indigenous grape
  • Agricola Punica was founded by an all-star team of winemakers in 2002

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.
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