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.
A 50/50 blend of Cannonau, the local name for Grenache, with Cabernet Sauvignon. Both varieties are destemmed and crushed and cold soaked for three days prior to fermentation to help extract aromas and colour, but not extra tannin.
After fermentation the wine is aged for 12 months in barrel, partly second use French barriques and partly larger older oak.
The resulting wine has an attractive and complex mix or cherry, blackberry, anise and tobacco with a supple and long palate.
90/100 for 2015 James Suckling
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