Samas is named after the Punic or Phoenician God of the Sun. Vermentino and Chardonnay grapes grown in a predominantly calcareous and sandy soil are hand harvested at dawn to maintain characteristic varietal notes and freshness. Whole clusters are pressed in a cold inert atmosphere. These cryomaceration techniques prevent oxidation. The must is inoculated with select yeasts and undergoes a prolonged fermentation at controlled temperatures (60˚ Fahrenheit) in stainless steel tanks with continuous stirring that lasts for approximately 40 days. The wine then ages on the less for 2.5 months in the stainless steel tanks. Vinified separately, the varieties are blended, and the wine then rests in small concrete vats for 3 months to complete maturation and undergo a natural stabilization. The wine is neither filtered nor clarified.

92 Points
2023 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2023 season was hot but the Sulcis region received rain in spring and also in August, enabling the grapes to mature well and with good quality. Sulcis also avoided grape losses due to hail that occurred in other regions of Sardinia. Overall, it was an excellent year for both red and white grapes in terms of quality.
Tasting Note
Bright straw yellow in color with green hints, this crisp and well-balanced wine has notes of citrus with Mediterranean herbs such as sage, and long mineral-saline finish.
Food Pairing
Grilled fish, sushi, white meat
Technical Data
GRAPES: Vermentino (80%), Chardonnay (20%)
APPELLATION: Isola dei Nuraghi IGT
PH: 3.30
ABV: 13%
AGING: 3 months in concrete vats
Unique Selling Points
  • High quality wines with an international outlook from Sardinia
  • Vermentino, a typical Sulcis grape, is blended with Chardonnay
  • Agricola Punica was founded by an all-star team of winemakers in 2002

About the Grape

Though it has a distinctive profile, Chardonnay reflects other factors such as soil composition and vinification technique. Chardonnay is a reliable, hardy and prolific vine whose only real vulnerabilities are frost and uneven development of fruit.
Vermentino produces big, ripe, deeply-colored wines with balance, substance and character. The wine shows delicate, persistent citrus, herbal and almond aromas, and similar, supple fruit flavors.
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