Barrua Agricola Punica 2012 – 94 Pts, JS
6×75 – £120 IB
£158.98 incl duty and VAT
“Sardinian Sassicaia” – Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate
We are delighted to be able to offer what Monica Larner calls the ‘Sardinian Sassicaia’! The reason for this reference is firstly the high quality of the wine and secondly that is the progeny of a joint venture between the Incisa della Rocchetta family of Tenuta San Guido, the owners of the great Sassicaia and the co-operative Santadi. Barraua was created in 2002 with the vision to fashion a truly exceptional Sardinian fine wine, true to the island and its long winemaking history. These two powerhouses immediately sought to engage the great Giacomo Tachis, who famed for his remarkable and pioneering use of Cabernet Sauvignon in Solaia and Sassicaia, began his work with a new grape variety. Sardinia is famed for two grapes, Cannonau, found in the centre of the island and in Southern Italy Carignano is king; used widely in Languedoc-Roussillon in France and Penedes and Priorato in Northern Spain. Barrua is made up 85% Carignano, balanced with the international varieties Cabernet Sauvignon 10% and 5% Merlot. In 2012, this vision has borne something special, a wine that has been awarded 94 points from James Suckling. Priced at £20 a bottle, this reflects superb value for money and access to a distinct and wonderfully well-made wine.
In 2002 Agricola Punica, purchased a 370 acre vineyard in the village of Barrua, in an area known as Sulcis Meridionale. The vineyard is cited inland, 140 metres from the coast and planted with old Carignano vines, planted on highly sought after schist, with clay and some sand. The vineyard is rich in wild herbs and the environment is perfect for Carignano: the winter is mild and the summer is hot and dry, with the vineyard benefiting from the scirocco African winds blowing across the Sardinian Sea. The grapes flourish in an extraordinary seven hours of sunlight a day, which enables wonderful ripeness and creates a situation where polymerization of the tannins begins within the berry while it is still on the vine. This is juxtaposed by the cooling influence of the sea, which regulates and brings harmony to the wines.
The marriage of winemaking expertise and unique conditions allows Agricola Punica to produce a stunning wine at the same price per six bottles as one bottle of Sassicaia. The wine displays wonderful tannic ripeness, delightful aromas, herbs and sweet spicy notes. In 2012 this is their best ever and if you have never tried it before, this is the vintage to test the water. Suckling describes it as having ‘vivid aromas of currants, dried cherry, rosemary, citrus and dried chili. Full body, dense but not heavy center palate, and a long savory, mushroom, mahogany and berry aftertaste.’ It is without doubt the manifestation of Sardinia’s winemaking potential, with one of the world’s leading producers!
94 Points, James Suckling
I thought the 2011 was the best ever from this stylish wine producer in Sardinia. But the 2012 is clearly better showing vivid aromas of currants, dried cherry, rosemary, citrus and dried chili. Full body, dense but not heavy center palate, and a long savory, mushroom, mahogany and berry aftertaste. A blend of local varieties with a hint of international ones. Drink or hold.
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