Why Be Curious? CANNONAU is an indigenous grape variety from Sardegna (possibly with Spanish origins). The vineyards of Cardedu (car-DAY-do) are in the area of Ogliastra, the most mountainous and least populous province on the island. It’s a good place to build a fire for grilling or just watch the stars. ‘Caladu’ is the Sardinian word for ‘sunset’, which is one of the many times when you can enjoy this wine. It’s spicy and smoky, with fleshy fruit and dusty tannins. It matches especially well with grilled meats – flank steak, sausages, pork ribs, lamb lollipops – or in Sardinia, with the local roasted suckling pig called porceddu.
Produttore / Producer: The vineyards of Cardedu (car-DAY-do) are in the area of Ogliastra, the most mountainous and least populous province on the island; a land of turquoise shimmer and ragged-dry cliffs. Here on the southeast coast of Sardegna the Loi family grows and makes wines from the native varieties Vermentino, Cannonau, and Monica. Cardedu is one of the island’s better known traditional producers. The Loi family doesn’t think of itself as a natural wine producer; they are not in that hipster giro / circle. Yet all wines are fermented with native yeasts, and there’s dry farming without use of herbicides or pesticides.
Cardedu ‘Caladu’ Cannonau di Sardegna
Vigna / Vineyard
Denominazione / Appellation: Cannonau di Sardegna Jerzu.
Nome / Name: Is Cresinus.
Suoli / Type of soils: Sandy loam soil.
Vitigni / Varieties: Cannonau.
Età delle viti / Vine age: 15 years old.
Allevamento / Trellis system: Low espalier.
Data di vendemmia / Harvest date: End of September.
Metodo di vendemmia / Harvest technique: Hand harvested.
Metodo agricolo / Agricultural technique: Lotta integrata.
Resa / Yield: 7000 kilograms / hectare.
Cantina / Cellar
Lieviti / Yeasts: Native yeasts.
Fermentazione alcolica / Alcoholic fermentation: 11 days in controlled temperature stainless steel.
Fermentazione malolattica / Malolactic fermentation: Yes.
Affinamento / Élevage: It starts in cement and stainless steel tanks and it finishes in botti grandi.
Chiarificazione, filtrazione / Clarification, filtration: Unfiltered.
Zolfo / Sulphur: 75 mg/L total, 18 mg/L free.
Altri prodotti aggiunti? / Other products added?: None.
Gradazione alcolica / Alcoholic %:13.5%.
Tappo e bottiglia / Closure and bottle: Natural cork, 750 ml Bordeaux bottle.