STORY BEHIND THIS WINE
Sella & Mosca are the most prominent producer on Sardinia, being instrumental in establishing the reputation for quality and potential for even greater things to come of wines from this dramatically beautiful Italian island.
The estate was established in 1899, as the name suggests, by a Mr Sella, an engineer and a Mr Mosca, a lawyer, both from Piemonte, who fell in love with this wild rocky landscape and decided to try and tame some of it and release its potential to produce great wines, initially close to the northern port of Alghero and they succeeded as today, over 120 years on, the estate encompasses 650ha, about ¾ of which is vineyards.
The climate is hot and dry and inland vineyards cover mountainous terrain of granite, schist, sandstone and limestone soil. The estate is surrounded by landscaped gardens and a profusion of flowering oleanders, maritime pines, palm trees and eucalyptus. The winery features multiple tasting rooms, an expertly designed enoteca and a fascinating exhibit showcasing replicas of archaeological finds unearthed during the building of the estate.
Sella & Mosca’s premium wines are made exclusively from estate-grown grapes. In addition to native varieties such as Vermentino, Torbato, and Cannonau, the winery has successfully pioneered the introduction of international grape varieties, notably Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cannanou is the local name for grenache and it’s the island’s signature grape as it copes well with warm dry weather and sea winds. This is made from grapes sourced from sandy seaside vineyards as well as from the dramatic rocky inland hills. The wine is fermented on the skins at controlled temperatures before ageing for two years, as least 12 months of which were in large barrels.
The result is a silky light red wine with a beautiful bouquet with complex notes of flowers, strawberry and blood orange with an evolved spicy note like leather or tobacco that ageing has brought out.
"Cannonau is the name Garnacha goes by in Sardinia. A bright ruby colour, with red berry aromas, it has an explosion of flavours: coffee, spices, herbs, plums and oak. And Sardinians believe the wine, in moderation, is linked to heart health. Enjoy with: Ossobuco." Matthew Nugent, The Sun, 17 July, 2021
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