Agricola Punica, Isola dei Nuraghi IGT, Barrua
2017, Sardegna, Italy
Classification Isola dei Nuraghi IGT
Colour / Type Red
Bottle size 75cl
Grape Carignano, Merlot, Cabernet S.
Average score 90
In 2002, Agripunica purchased 370 acres of estate divided between two sites: Barrua and Narcao, located in the southwest region of Sardinia, in the area known as Basso Sulcis. Even though the vineyards are situated in the DOC Carignano Del Sulcis area, the wine falls under the I.G.T. Appellation of Isola Dei Nuraghi, a name referencing the ancient stone buildings built by the Nuragic civilization which shaped the island s development from the Neolithic age until 238 B.C. when Sardinia was brought under the Roman Empire. Agripunica vineyards lie inland from the coast and are planted to 65 hectares counter espalier trained vines, comprising Carignano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah for the reds, while further 5 hectares are currently planted to Vermentino and Chardonnay white grapes, for an overall of 70 hectares. The Southwest corner of Sardinia is a near-perfect environment for the hot climate traits of the Carignano vine. Winters are mild and summers are hot and dry, with temperatures sometimes stoked by the fierce Scirocco African winds blowing across the Sardinian Sea, among the hottest in Italy. An extraordinary average of seven hours of sunlight daily enables the fruit to reach a level of ripeness such that polymerization of the tannins begins within the berry while it is still on the vine. Its extractive belongings are plentiful attesting the sun's generousness. The white wine Samas is a Vermentino and Chardonnay blend offering distinguishing mineral notes as well as delicious fruity flavours.