Mesa `Primo Bianco` Vermentino di Sardegna

Sardinia

Cantina Mesa

This is one of the most exciting wineries to come out of Sardinia...

in two decades. It is the brainchild of Gavino Sanna, a Sardinian who has lived in Milan for the past 50 years, where he built up one of Italy's most successful advertising agencies. On a whim, he decided to sell the agency and seek new challenges. One of these challenges was the creation of a winery in Sulcis in southwestern Sardinia. As might be expected from someone with Sanna's background, the labels are striking. He has also ensured that the contents are equally striking. Stefano Cova, a young winemaker from Trentino, took over with the 2008 vintage, improving on an already high level of quality.

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Vineyards

The grapes are grown in the Sulcis area on the south-western tip of Sardinia. The climate here is Mediterranean with low rainfall and frequent north-westerly winds. Soils are naturally sandy and chalky clay, with a rocky, schistous character. Moderate nutrient levels and good levels of minerals add a distinctive character to the resulting wines. The vines are trained using the espalier method and spur-cordon pruned, with yields around 45 hectolitres per hectare.

Vintage Information

A very dry spring and summer was balanced by relatively mild temperatures, without the presence of heatwaves. The optimal weather conditions allowed for a balanced ripening season, with very healthy fruit. This vintage should produce great fresh, crisp and aromatic Vermentino wines.

Vinification

The grapes were gently pressed and one parcel of grapes was given a low-temperature maceration for 10-12 hours. The must was fermented at 12-14°C. After clarification and stabilisation, the wine matured briefly in stainless steel and then for a minimum of two months in bottle before release.

Tasting Notes

Clear, pale straw in colour. The bouquet is both intense and delicate, with emphatic fragrances of citrus and bergamot, floral essences of roses, and pungent rosemary. The palate is crisp, dry and savoury, with a lovely delicacy and a finesse that continues throughout the long finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Vermentino
Region Sardinia
Winemaker Stefano Cova
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%