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 wine is made from grapes from some of the best areas of Sardinia. The climate across the whole island is Mediterranean with low rainfall and frequent north-westerly winds. Soils are very heterogeneous with some being a mixture of sandy and chalky clay, while others have varying proportions of rocky and schistous components. Moderate nutrient levels and good levels of minerals add a distinctive character to the resulting wines. The vines are trained using the espalier method and spur-cordon pruned, with yields around 45 hectolitres per hectare.
Severe frosts in the winter, followed by drought and heatwaves topping 40°C in the summer, meant that Sardinia experienced one of the smallest harvests on record in 2017, 45% less than 2016.
The grapes were gently pressed. One parcel underwent a low-temperature maceration for 10-12 hours. The must was fermented at 12-14°C. After clarification and stabilisation, the wine matured briefly in stainless steel tanks and then for a minimum of two months in bottle before release.
This wine is clear, pale straw in colour. The bouquet is both intense and delicate, with emphatic fragrances of citrus and bergamot, floral essences of roses, and pungent rosemary. The palate is crisp, dry and savoury, with a lovely delicacy and a finesse that continues throughout the long finish.