A fine, perfumed style of Cannonau (Grenache) from a single vineyard in Romangia in northwest Sardinia, an area where the island’s most widely planted red grape thrives.
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Sa Raja, a new project established in the Gallura region of northern Sardinia, is one of the island’s most exciting new producers, excelling with all 3 of its key varieties (Vermentino, Cannonau and Carignano). Mark Hartmann is effectively the ‘front-man’ for the project, but this is in fact a collaboration between a team of five, all with a wealth of previous wine experience. They also work with renowned Italian consultant and winemaker Federico Curtaz. Despite many of the group having their roots in northern Italy, in Valle d’Aosta, they have a shared belief in the potential that Sardinia has to offer.
The estate consists of 49 hectares of owned vineyards near the winery in Gallura, between Telti, Monti and Calangianus. Mount Limbara, the highest mountain to the north of Sardinia, looks over their vineyards to the west. Gallura is the heartland of Vermentino, the mainstay of Sa Raja’s production.
Cannonau grapes are sourced from relatively low-lying vineyards in the Romangia area. Soils are shallow and range from clay to sand. Grapes are typically hand-harvested at the start of September.
100% Cannonau. Grapes are destemmed and macerated for 14 days with regular pumping over. Fermentation is in stainless steel at 22-28ºC, and malolactic fermentation takes place too. The wine spends 2 months on fine lees with batonnage, then a further 4 months in stainless steel, before being released after 2 months in bottle.
Perfumed redcurrant and bramble aromas combined with brown spice and warm, earthy notes. Bright and fleshy on the palate with juicy red berry and forest fruits balanced by gentle tannins and fresh acidity. A supple, elegant style with fine tannins, bright acidity and a delicate savoury finish.
The perfect match for a hearty lamb ragu with pasta!