Country: Italy Region: Sardinia
Varietal: Monica Vintage: 2020
Category: Red wine Style: Dry
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.