Agricola Punica Barrua 2018
- Country - Italy
- Region - Sardinia
- Grape - Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Merlot
- Food Match - Beef & Steak, Hearty Stews, Lamb
- Vintage - 2018
- Alcohol - 15%
- Size - 75cl
PRODUCER: The ancient ruins of the Punic civilisation dot the hillsides of the Basso Sulcis in Sardinia. Nestled in amongst those ruins are the vineyards of Barrua and Narcao. This is the home of Agricola Punica.
In an effort to revitalise the image of winemaking in Sardinia, Giacomo Tachis, the oenologist considered the father of the Super Tuscan movement and Marquis Incisa Della Rocchetta, the winemaker of Sassicia were invited to the vineyards of Sardinia throughout the 80s and 90s. In 2002, the pair became convinced that this was a place capable of making truly great wine and so Agricola Punica was born.
WINEMAKING: As the Estate's flagship wine, The Barrua stays true to the Super Tuscan spirit as a blend of 85% Carignan (or Carignano as it is know here) rounded out with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. After a 15 day maceration at relatively high temperature, the wine spends 18 months in French oak barriques before bottling. The wine is rested in bottle for at least 6 months before release.
TASTING NOTES: In the glass, complex aromas of ripe black cherries mingle with spice, liquorice and herbal hints. Slightly chewy tannins will mellow over the next few years to produce a fine and elegant wine.
The wine has been consistently awarded the top score of 'five bunches' from Bibenda, a prestigious guide published by the Italian Sommelier Foundation for the last ten vintages.