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.

93 Points
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2017 vintage
92 Points
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2017 vintage
Harvest Note
2017 was one of the driest seasons in the last 25 years. For the second consecutive year, winter and spring saw almost no rainfall. As a result, irrigation of the vines began earlier and plowing in between the rows needed to happen more frequently. Due to the difficult season, more grapes were cut than normal during "green harvesting.” At the end of the season, the vines were in fairly good health and harvesting began a few weeks ahead of schedule. The quality of the grapes was wonderful.
Tasting Note
The wine has notes of jam, ripe fruit, myrtle and juniper. In mouth, the wine has full-bodied black fruit flavors, with soft, saline notes, with elegant traces of rosemary and black pepper, enhancing a long, silky finish.
Food Pairing
Pairs well with pasta with meat sauces and roasted and grilled meats.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 60% Carignano, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 10% Syrah
APPELLATION: Isola dei Nuraghi IGT
PH: 3.76
ACIDITY: 4.8 g/l
ABV: 15%
AGING: Matured 15 months in French oak barrels (10% new)
Unique Selling Points
  • A robust and modern Carignano-based blend
  • Aged for 12 months in French oak barriques
  • 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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