Italian Club - February 2021

Italian Wine Club - February 2021 Allocations

One of each:
Olianas Vermentino di Sardegna - (Organic, Natural practices)
Olianas Cannonau - (Organic, Natural practices)

Olianas Vermentino di Sardegna

While Vermentino has made a name for itself in other parts of Italy (where it's also called Pigato and Favorita), in France (where it is called Rolle), and in California; it's in Sardinia where the grape really shines!

Sardinia’s wines have little in common with those produced in the rest of Italy. The island’s remote Mediterranean location, as well as the historic influence from other cultures, gives the wines a unique character that might be considered to have more in common with Spanish than Italian wines.  

About 20% of the grapes are harvested slightly earlier and fermented on the skins, partly in stainless steel and partly in amphora, without inoculating according to biodynamic procedures. The must is then used as a “pied de cuve” to activate spontaneous fermentation. The remaining amount of grapes, after destemming and soft pressing are fermented in stainless steel.  70% of the wine ages in stainless steel “sur lie”, 30% in large used oak tonneaux, for five to six months. After blending, the wine is naturally clarified with bentonite and lightly filtered with cartridges before bottling.  Native yeast, low sulfur addition.

This Vermentino di Sardegna shows a brilliant straw yellow color;  the nose is intense, clean and pleasing aromas of apple, plum and pear followed by aromas of hawthorne, citrus fruits and almond. The wine has a pleasant, medium-bodied mouthfeel, a crisp attack, good body, and intense flavors. The finish is persistent with apple, plum and almond flavors.   Perfect as an aperitif, it pairs well with fish dishes and medium aged cheese.

The winery is located in Gergei, Sardinia, in central, southern Sardinia, a particularly unspoiled part of the island.  Olianas is planted with Cannonau (Grenache), Carignano (Carignane), Bovale, Vermentino and Nasco, all indigenous grape varietals to the region. Olianas has 40 acres of organically farmed vineyards planted.

Olianas Cannonau di Sardegna

Cannonau is most closely associated with the island of Sardegna where it is widely planted.  Cannonau is used to make dry reds, rose’, passito sweet wines, or fortified “liquoroso” wines. 

Many of the wines spend some time in oak or chestnut botti (=large barrels) depending on its classification.  Common descriptions include red fruits like raspberry, floral, and spices when more mature. 

It has long been thought that the variety arrived on Sardinia with the Aragonese when they conquered the island in the early 14th Century (from what is now Aragon). However, in the past few years, Italian researchers have uncovered evidence suggesting that Cannonau (and therefore Grenache) may well have originated in Sardinia.

Native yeast, low sulfur additions, tank fermented and finished in oak and amphora, Organically farmed. An intense ruby red, fresh, boldly structured flavors. An explosion of small berries with hints of dark chocolate and tobacco is followed by silky tannins and excellent flavor concentration. Well balanced by the pleasant acidity. A young, fresh and lively wine, ideal with appetizers and main courses.

Azienda Agricola Olianas is all about native grape varietals. The winery is located in Gergei, Sardinia, in central, southern Sardinia, a particularly unspoiled part of the island.  Olianas is planted with Cannonau (Grenache), Carignano (Carignane), Bovale, Vermentino and Nasco, all indigenous grape varietals to the region. Olianas has 40 acres of organically farmed vineyards planted.

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