Carignano del Sulcis Riserva, Rocca Rubia, Santadi
Italy – 2017
Tasting Note: Rich, ripe nose, almost perfumed wine with a delicious creamy character on the palate and bags of soft ripe blackcurrant fruit. The acidity is all there, balanced against soft, full tannins and there is great structure and mouthfeel. Succulent, round and complex.
Food Matching: The best accompaniment to this wine, try any one of these: teriyaki pork chops and Thai vegetables, pan-seared filet mignon with roasted potatoes and Merlot sauce or a grilled sirloin steak with anise- basil butter.
Vineyard: The arenaceous terrain ofSulcis' coastline is unique in that pre-phylloxera rootstock survives and thrives: the finely textured, wind-swept sand naturally preventsphylloxera from depositing its eggs. This red grape, incidentally, can only be produced from the grafts ‘alberello’ vine (‘goblet’ or bush), which in turn can only be grown on sandy soils such as CantinaSantadi’s.
Vinification: After stemming and crushing, the grapes are fermented and macerated for 12-14 days in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature of 25-28 °C. During this period, the must is frequently pumped up, thus fully absorbing the noble tannins typical of bush-growncarignano. After malolactic fermentation, the wine is transferred to small, fine grained 1st and 2nd-passage French oak casks for 10-12 months, to further develop its biochemical and chemical-physical properties, aroma and taste. Further aging in the bottle for several months enables early bouquet development.
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