2018 Santadi ” Grotta Rossa” Carignano
Region: Sulcis, Sardinia, Italy
100% Carignano matured in cement vats, retaining Carignano’s classic fresh wild berry and earthy characters with hints of liquorice, pepper and spice. The palate is forward in style with good structure in a food-friendly style.
Sommelier’s Recommendation Many will say Carignano is Sardinia’s best Red Grape, and I have to agree. It loves to be grwon in warm conditions and can retain its acidity that gives the ripe, crunchy red and black fruits balance. The key to Carignano is the meaty, BBQ spice and earthy tones that shine through on both the bouquet and flavour profile. This young, fresh and vibrant style of Carignano screams to be enjoyed slightly chilled with a meat straight off the BBQ on a warm Summer’s evening.
Cantina Santadi was founded in 1960 as a cooperative of local growers. Under the guidance of Antonello Pilloni, Santadi has become one of Sardinia’s, and Italy’s, finest wineries, with more than 200 growers farming 600 hectares.
In the early 1980’s, Antonello called on the late Giacomo Tachis to consult for Santadi. Creator of Sassicaia, Tachis would go on to become the man behind Italian wine’s worldwide renaissance. Even after retirement, Tachis continued to work with his friend Antonello, saying “I’m absolutely passionate about Vermentino and Carignano….there are still parts of Sardinia which I consider virgin land, it’s a spectacular island, especially the south, which is the true soul of the island.”
The Sulcis peninsula is, geologically, Sardinia’s most ancient area, rich in archaeological sites, and offers an astonishing palette of variations and contrasts, with coastal sand dunes, gentle hills and inlets, narrow strips of flatland and inland mountains, rugged cliffs overhanging the sea interspersed with silky-smooth white beaches, pine trees, junipers and vineyards. In these sandy soils, pre-phylloxera vines continue to survive and thrive.
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