Barrua is the name of a vineyard parcel within the Basso Sulcis 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. Winters are mild and summers are hot and dry, with an extraordinary average of seven hours of sunlight daily that fully ripens sun-loving grapes like Carignano. The Mediterranean Sea regulates the extreme summer heat and stabilizes the climate.

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.

Harvest Note
The 2020 season was generally normal, although with little rain in winter and spring. Summer continued with dry conditions and no heat spikes, allowing a regular maturation during August. Merlot was harvested at the end of August and were of good quality. The weather in September continued to be stable and brought in a good selection of grapes. Overall, the grapes were of good quality and quantity.
Tasting Note
A deep ruby red color, this harmonious wine displays aromas of ripe red fruits such as black cherry, 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 pepper and licorice add an interesting spiciness before a harmonious and persistent finish.
Food Pairing
Grilled steak, game, aged cheese.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 85% Carignano, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot
APPELLATION: Isola dei Nuraghi IGT
PH: 3.69
ACIDITY: 5.43 g/l
ABV: 15%
AGING: 18 months in French oak barrels (40% new oak)
Unique Selling Points
  • The “Super Sardinian”
  • High quality wines with an international outlook from Sardinia
  • A modern blend made primarily from Carignano, an indigenous grape
  • Aged for 18 months in French oak barriques
  • 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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