Cantina Mesa Buio Carignano del Sulcis 2017 (1x 75cl)
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 already high levels of quality.
The estate comprises 70 hectares in the heart of the Sulcis Iglesiente area on the south-western tip of Sardinia. The climate here is Mediterranean with low rainfall distributed sporadically throughout the year, but usually falling almost entirely in autumn and winter. The region typically experiences frequent north-westerly winds, high temperatures in spring and summer, a mild autumn and winters which vary from dry and cold through to relatively mild. Most of the vineyards are located in the Sant'Anna Arresi area, in a valley sheltered from the maestrale winds and surrounded by the sea. The vines are vertically trained, mostly spur cordoned with some alberello depending on local conditions and exposure.
The grapes were hand-picked into shallow boxes, and vinified with maceration on the skins and periodical pumpovers for at least eight days. After malolactic fermentation a three month maturation followed in stainless steel and lined concrete vats until bottling where the wine remained for a further two months before release.
The Carignano grape produces an extraordinary, elegant red with velvety tannins and fragrant notes of tart red berry, black pepper with hints of pine resin.
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