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 of 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.
A mild spring without rainfall was followed by a very hot and dry summer, which strained the resistance of plants. However, the vineyards' proximity to the sea helped the vines to overcome the hydric stress.
The grapes were hand-picked into shallow boxes and vinified with skin maceration and periodic pumpovers for at least ten days. After malolactic fermentation, a five month maturation followed in stainless steel and lined concrete vats until bottling where the wine remained for a further two months before release.
Dark ruby red in colour with an elegant nose of ripe red fruits, flowers and black pepper. The full bodied palate is well balanced with firm but velvety tannins, good acidity and fragrant juicy red berry fruit, black pepper and hints of pine resin on a long intense finish.