`Giunco` 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, frequent north-westerly winds, high temperatures in spring and summer, a mild autumn and winter which vary from dry and cold through to relatively mild. Soils are medium textured, 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 the must fermented at 14 - 16°C. After clarification and stabilisation, the wine matured for four months in stainless steel and a minimum of one month in bottle.

Tasting Notes

Straw yellow with hints of gold and green. The complex bouquet releases subtle notes of lime blossom, yellow peach and apricot, and zesty grapefruit. The palate is crisp and delicious, perfectly echoing the aromatics on the nose, with tangy fruit and a long-lasting, mineral finish.

Vintage Information

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