100% Vermentino from Usini (Sassari), Sardegna, Italy.
TERROIR: The fruit sourced for this wine comes several vineyards averaging 15 to 25 years and planted on chalky soils and red clay, along with olives trees and the Mediterranean scrub. Some of this vines are bush trained in order to resist the strong winds. Terrain is predominantly hilly land, with an elevation of about 250 m above sea level. Calcareous soils, with the vineyards alternating with olive groves and Mediterranean Maquis.
VINIFICATION: The grapes are hand harvested in small bins of 20 kg during the last week of September. The carefully harvested and sorted grapes are first de-stemmed, and then undergo cold maceration to optimize expression of the variety’s aromas. The grapes are then softly pressed to obtain the free-run must which ferments at controlled temperature for approximately 15 days. The wine then matures for about 5 months in steel vats, after which it is bottled.
TASTING NOTES: Straw yellow color, with light Green tinges. The nose is marked by a complex bouquet: it is fruity with exotic notes, floral with fresh hints of White Flowers and Broom Blossoms, with intense scents of Mediterranean Maquis. In the mouth, it is rich and round. It has a nice crisp, fresh feel produced by the balanced acidity and complex flavor – the short distance to the sea provides a high tone of minerality along with the classic Mediterranean flavor profile: some herbal notes (Rosemary), Flowers and Dried Fruit wrapped around a core of Salinity.
FOOD PAIRING: This wine is excellent as an Aperitif, or coupled with Seafood entrées, traditional Pasta or Rice dishes, Poultry, Salted cod – Fried, or with green (Pesto) sauce. Serve at 13°C; uncork just before pouring.