Why Be Curious? Nùo Vermentino transports you to a pristine beach on the island of Sardegna, with the turquoise shimmer of the Tyrrhenian Sea in front of you and, perched on a cliff, a crumbling nuraghe, a conical and rough-hewn stone dwelling from the Bronze Age. Vermentino is Sardegna’s most important white grape, and this one comes from Ogliastra, the most mountainous and least populous province in the region. Locals drink it unfiltered, and we want you to too. Sea salt, sage, basil, rosemary, cedar, with just a touch of fruit. Drink as an aperitivo on the beach, or wash down some fresh seafood or a hunk of Pecorino Sardo.
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 ‘Nùo’ Vermentino di Sardegna
Vigna / Vineyard
Denominazione / Appellation: Sardegna.
Nome / Name: Rivoli.
Ettari / Hectares: 13.9.
Quota / Altitude: 250 m / 820 ft.
Suoli / Type of soils: Sandy decomposed granite.
Esposizione / Exposure: East.
Vitigni / Varieties: 100% Vermentino.
Età delle viti / Vine age: 8 years old.
Densità / Planting Density: 4960 vines/hectare.
Allevamento / Trellis system: Spalliera.
Data di vendemmia / Harvest date: Late August / early September.
Metodo di vendemmia / Harvest technique: Hand harvested.
Metodo agricolo / Agricultural technique: Lotta integrata (sustainable).
Resa / Yield: 5000 kilograms / hectare.
Cantina / Cellar
Lieviti / Yeasts: Native yeasts.
Fermentazione alcolico / Alcoholic fermentation: In stainless steel for six days at 15°C, with 6-8 hours of skin contact.
Élevage: In stainless steel.
Chiarificazione, filtrazione / Clarification, filtration: Unfiltered.
Zolfo / Sulphur: 106 mg/L total, 18 mg/L free.
Gradazione alcolica / Alcoholic %: 13.5%.
Tappo e bottiglia / Closure and bottle: Natural cork, 750 ml clear Bordeaux bottle.