Country: Italy Vintage: 2020 Region: Sardinia
Category: Red wine Colour: Red
PRODUCER: Atzei Varietal: Monica
Atzei is the newest Farnese project in Sardinia, a region that stole
Valentino Sciotti’s heart since he worked there before starting his
impressive career in wine. The oenological team is headed by
Dennis Verdicchia and supported by Sardinian winemaker Daniele
Manca, with the consultancy of Alberto Antonini. They produce
high quality wines from selected vineyards that are planted
around the village of Mogoro, just south of Oristano in the
southwestern part of the Island. As with the other Farnese ventures,
this new project aims at producing wines from lesser-known
regions and varieties that are particularly suitable for the
production of quality wines.
Monica, an indigenous grape variety, is sourced from bush-trained
vineyards located close to the village of Mogoro, in the Alta
Marmilla sub-region of southern Sardinia. The soils are deep and
predominantly sand, which aids drainage and helps to retain
heat, producing highly aromatic wines. Atzei follow a strict
selection process in the vineyards at harvest, ensuring that only the
very best fruit is picked, and the resulting wines display excellent
concentration of flavours.
After a 10-day maceration and soft pressing, the grapes were
fermented using selected yeasts at a controlled temperature of 26
-28°C. The wine was then aged for six months in a mixture of
French oak barriques and concrete tanks.
A brilliant ruby red with purple reflections. ‘Saragat’ Monica has
intense notes of marasca cherry and plum with a hint of spice on
the palate, which shows great balance that is underpinned by a
remarkable depth and silky tannins.