Sardegna is a volcanic island, being the second largest in the Mediterranean sea. Known for its vast mountain ranges, stunning coastal views and buzzing cultures in the towns. Much like with the rest of Italy there is a long history of wine with vines existing in wild form since 1000bc and later taken over by the Spanish who cultivated the grapes for export. Now home to 120 native varieties, most notable are Vermentino and Cannonau.
Tenuta Olianas is an organic winery from Sardinia with a philosophy of respecting traditional farming and the cultures of the island. Prefering to minimize the use of mechanical farming, they use Comtois horses, Dinette and Biscotto, for ploughing and transport, promoting biodiversity in the vineyard and also only using the indigenous grapes of the region. Tenuta Olianas employ a wide range of techniques in vinification including the use of natural yeasts and amphorae thus striving for a balance between modern and traditional winemaking. The estate is currently in Biodynamic conversion and will be certified in time for the 2023 harvest.
Every year Elena Casadei carefully selects the estate’s finest Cannonau grapes. Vinified and aged in Georgian terracotta amphorae for six months, which is an oxidative winemaking vessel which softens the tannins without imparting any oak influence. Aromas of morello cherry, mulberry, white pepper and earthiness. This wine is full bodied with concentrated but smooth tannins and an elegant long finish.
Excellent accompaniment to robust stews, roast or braised beef, barbecued meats, tandoori spiced chicken and well flavoured cheeses. Su Porcheddu is the countryside tradition in Sardinia which is a roast pig this would be a locals preference to pair.