Santadi, Terre Brune 2015

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Italy

  • Region:

    Sardinia

  • ABV:

    15.00%

  • Grape:

    Carignan

  • Grape Blend:

    Carignano 95%, Bovaleddu 5%,

  • Winemaker:

    Giorgio Marrone

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Santadi Terre Brune 2015 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Intense aromas and excellent use of oak. Terrific structure and body with ripe, smooth, black fruit and spices on the palate. Immediately striking due to its richness and extract. Balance between the fruit and the wood is superb.

Production Notes

Sourced from old vines that are bush trained in the traditional manner in argillaceous and sandy soils in the Sulcis region. This reduces yields to as little as 1.5kg per vine; in turn creating super concentrated grapes. Harvest is by hand from late September into October. Vinification is in stainless steel vats with skin maceration, at around to 25deg.- 28C, with frequent pumping over to extract maximum colour and flavour. The maceration is concluded within 15-16 days then the malolactic fermentation is started as early as possible and continues into December. The wine is then transferred into new French barriques to age for between 16 and 18 months where the ripe tannins soften and harmonise with the wine into a silky structure. There is a light fining before bottling but no filtration, and the wine then ages for at least a year in bottle at 14C.

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.