Santadi, Carignano del Sulcis Riserva Rocca Rubia 2016

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Italy

  • Region:

    Sardinia

  • ABV:

    14.50%

  • Grape:

    Carignan

  • Grape Blend:

    Carignano 100%

  • Winemaker:

    Giorgio Marrone

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Santadi Carignano del Sulcis Riserva Rocca Rubia 2016 - Wine

Tasting Notes

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.

Production Notes

The arenaceous terrain of Sulcis coastline is unique in that pre-phylloxera rootstock survives and thrives: the finely textured, wind-swept sand naturally prevents phylloxera from depositing its eggs. This red grape, incidentally, can only be produced from the grafts alberellodeg, which in turn can only be grown on sandy soils such as Cantina Santadi. After stemming and crushing, the grapes are fermented and macerated for 12-14 days in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature of 25-28C. During this period, the must is frequently pumped up, thus fully absorbing the noble tannins typical of bush-grown carignano. 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.

Producer Profile

Cantina Santadi, from Sardinia's southwestern coastal region known as Sulcis, was founded in 1960 as a cooperative of local growers. Under the guidance of Antonello Pilloni, Santadi has become one of the finest wineries in Sardinia and Italy, with more than 200 growers farming 600 hectares. In the early 1980s, Antonello called on Giacomo Tachis to consult for Santadi. Creator of Sassicaia, Tachis would go on to become the man behind the worldwide renaissance of Italian wines . Sardinia is a spectacular island, especially the south, which is the true soul of the island. The Sulcis peninsula is, geographically, 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 seas interspersed with silky-smooth white beaches, pine trees, junipers and vineyards. In these sandy soils, pre-phylloxera vines continue to survive and thrive. Santadi produces a full suite of Sardinian wines, from Vermentino to Nuragus, Monica and Cannonau, but it is the Carignano vine that they are most famous for. Thought to have been brought by the Spanish, who ruled the island for hundreds of years, Carignano is very productive, late ripening and high in acid with tannins that need taming. But the perfect growing conditions in Sulcis allow the wines to have a velvety richness with softer tannins.