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93pt Agricola Punica Montessu 2015

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When a man nicknamed the “the father of Italian wine” takes an interest in a forgotten region, you take notice. When he starts making wines there in partnership with the people who make the legendary Sassicaia, you buy the wine!

A lovely blend of local grape Carignan with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, Montessu is the little brother to Barrua, the wine known as the 'Sardinian Sassicaia' and a Vivino favourite!

But Montessu offers more than a taste of its big brother at a lower price. This is a great wine in its own right and in a superb vintage such as this 2015, it really gets a chance to shine.

Intense and aromatic on the nose; soft, and silken on the palate; delightfully fresh on the long finish - this is an awful lot of wine for just £15.49!

 Agricola Punica is the result of a collaboration between Giacomo Taschis, who played a leading role in the creation of the Super-Tuscan category, and Tenuta San Guido, (owners of Sassicaia), the first vintage from Agricola Punica was released in 2002. Since then it has gone from strength to strength.

About the wine

Deep ruby in color, the Montessu offers intense aromas and flavours of black fruit - plum and black cherry - with notes of graphite and subtle spices. On the palate, a spine of acidity gives the wine a wonderful freshness that balances with the ripe red fruit, a touch of prune and the fine, sandy tannins. Soft and silken in texture, it ends on a long note of spice, liquorice and bitter cherry. A perfect food wine, this is drinking very well now but it has all the components to allow it to age gracefully for about a decade. Quite a lot of wine for the money!

Hand harvested whole bunches are destemmed, crushed and macerated on the skins for several days prior to fermentation in stainless steel vats. The wine is aged for 15 months in French oak (10% new) before blending and bottle aging.

Winemaker: Dr Sebastiano Rosa
Appellation: Isola dei Nuraghi IGT, Sardinia

Accolades:
- 93pts, James Suckling
- 92pts, Wine Spectator
- 91pts, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
- 3.9/5 Stars, Vivino Rating

Grapes60% Carignano, 10% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot
Vineyard: Narcao and Barrua vineyards
Cooperage: 15 months in French oak
ABV: 14.5%
Drink: 2018-2027

About the winery

Situated in the south west of Sardinia in an area known as Sulcis Meridionale, the award-winning Agricola Punica cellar is a joint venture between Sebastiano Rosa, celebrated oenologist and winemaker at Sassicaia, legendary Tuscan wine consultant Giacomo Tachis ( who is also renowned for his work at Sassicaia) , Sardinian winery Cantina di SantadiSantadi President Antonello Pilloni and the famous Tenuta San Guido Estate responsible for Sassicaia and owned by Sebastiano's stepfather Marchese Nicolo Incisa Della Rocchetta.

From the first time Tachis visited the island, he was convinced of Sardinia's outstanding winemaking potential. In the mid 1980s, he began to consult for the Sardinian regional wine consortium and eventually, more specifically, for Cantina Sociale di Santadi. It was during this time he first began thinking about a joint venture. Dr. Rosa recounts, "It was Giacomo Tachis who turned us on to Sardinia and Carignano. He convinced us that we could make a great Carignano-based wine. We bought the estate in 2002 because we knew what the region is capable of."

About the vineyard

In 2002, Agricola Punica purchased a 370 acres estate divided between two sites: Barrua and Narcao, located in the soutwest 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. Appelation 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 heel of the Roman sandal.

Agricola Punica 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 hecatares are currently planted to Vermentino and Chardonnay white grapes, for an overall of 70 hecatares.

About the winemaker

Agricola Punica is managed by Sebastiano Rosa who came to Sardinia after many years as winemaker at Sassicaia in Tuscany. 

 

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93 Points - James Suckling
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This is a dense and rich red with smoked wood, dried bark, tea and ripe fruit. Very flavorful. Full body. intense. Velvety tannins."

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92 Points - Wine Spectator
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A stylish, fresh red, with spiced black raspberry and black currant fruit and accents of green olive, dried thyme and sweet smoke, finely meshed with long, supple tannins. Medium- to full-bodied, this shows good focus and length. Carignan, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc."

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91 Points - Monica Larner
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The 2015 Montessu represents a hearty blend of 60% Carignano with equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah. It ages in oak for up to one year. The wine reveals an inky blackish appearance with spots of ruby brilliance that shine from within. Cabernet-like aromas of dark fruit, spice, grilled herb and black olive are immediate and recognizable. The wine is layered and soft in terms of texture, and it grips the palate with firm intensity."

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"This Isola dei Nuraghi (Sardinia) is really value for money. A high quality wine, high in acidity and with a lot of taste. Blackcurrant, chocolat and tobacco - some oak is there as well. All in all, a very pleasant wine at a decent price. Recommended! 4/5 Stars

"Youthful dark purple colour. Pure, fruity and floral nose, plenty of cassis, darker fruit, plum and aromatic herbs like sage and mint. The palate has good density but remains medium bodied with a fine freshness and young but ripe tannin, layered and nuanced with fine length, still youthful but surely promising in an elegant, and restrained Cabernet/Bordeaux style.4.5/5 Stars

"The first words out of my mouth... “Oh, my... WOW!”" 4.5/5 Stars

 

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