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Producer: Poderi ParpinelloGrape Varieties: 100% CannonauOptimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Full bodied fruity redAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: CorkCountry: Italy
Vanilla oak and raspberry summer pudding with savoury notes of tapenade and liquorice on the finish.
The Parpinello family have run this 30 hectare estate and winery with dedication and passion for three generations. Giampaolo Parpinello and his son Paolo strive to reflect the Sardinian terroir and reveal the typicity of the wines. The vineyard is situated on a gentle slope between Alghero and Sassari in the North West of the island. In order to reflect this typicity, modern winemaking technology is successfully combined with traditional farming methods, resulting in high quality wines with intense aromas and flavours, evocative of the terroir from which they originate.
The 2018 vintage experienced fresh and rainy weather for the first half of the season, which helped to restore the water reserves in the vineyard soils. In July the weather turned warmer, with sunny and dry conditions throughout the ripening period; allowing the vines to reach good maturity. This warmer weather continued throughout the harvest period.
Cannonau is the most important and exclusive red wine grape native to Sardinia. It is thought to be the oldest variety in the Mediterranean. The vineyard is located on a gentle slope between Alghero and Sassari. It sits atop a mixture of geological formations such as calcareous marne, conglomerate and sandstone. The vineyard is planted with a high density of vines. The newest innovations are implemented in the cultivation of the vineyard, while respecting the traditions and ecosystem of the geographical location. Pruning and harvesting take place manually. The meticulous selection of grape clusters ensures optimum quality.
The grapes were hand harvested from a selection of the best bunches in the vineyard. Vinification took place with selected yeast in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of between 20 to 22°C. The wine then underwent maceration for 10 days to extract the desired level of flavours, colour and aromatics, before being bottle aged.
A deep, rich red colour, this Cannonau shows lashings of mature red fruits combined with delicate hints of spice on the nose. The dry and pleasantly flavoured palate is elegant, yet full bodied in style.
Pairs well with roasted or grilled red meat dishes, game and cheeses.
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