Not many bottles have me reaching for Jancis’s tome, Wine Grapes.
On a recent holiday to Sardinia the villa manager very kindly left us a bottle from a friends winery. I was deep in cynicism when I opened this local red from Cantina di Mogoro.
The grape, Bovale Grande. as I discovered is Mazuelo (Carignan) which probably arrived in Sardinia during the period of Aragonese domination from approximately 1400 to 1700.
It’s a very vigorous vine with large leaves and compact clusters of small berries, rich in colour.
On tasting, I was pleased to find it full of ripe red fruits, cherries and raspberries, Mediterranean herbs and a savouriness with balanced acidity and freshness, soft tannins and good length.
Lovely with the sun setting over the Mediterranean with local chicken gently sizzling on the barbeque.
I promptly ordered a case which Alessandro delivered, each bottle was as good as the last.
I would recommend indulging in Sardinian wines. Their Vermentino’s, Cannonau’s (Grenache) and other Carignan’s are well worth discovering.
Our May 2018 Wine of the month available at Majestic.
A refreshing wine as the summer arrives Godello Caixas Albarinho 2016
Tahbilk 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon our April 2018 Wine of the month by Stuart
The great Alejandro Fernandez on form with this Crainza that punches well above its weight.
Available from Armit
Another wine from Cordoniu Raventos: La Vicalanda Reserva 2009. A Rioja by Bodegas Bilbainas from 100% Tempranillo. Sweet, savoury and rounded.