Why Be Curious? Cannonau is Sardegna’s version of the Spanish Garnacha and the island’s most widely-planted grape. (Old-timers sometimes spelled it “Canonau”, and that’s what’s on the vintage label.) Cardedu’s vineyards for this wine are in the growing zone of Jerzu, which is historically among the most prized terroirs on the entire island for Cannonau. ‘Caladu’ is the Sardinian word for sunset – 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 they dry farm without the use of herbicides or pesticides, and all wines ferment with native yeasts.
Cardedu ‘Caladu’ Cannonau di Sardegna
Vigna / Vineyard
Denominazione / Appellation: Cannonau di Sardegna Jerzu.
Nome / Name: Is Cresinus.
Quota / Altitude: from 80 m / 263 ft to 140 m / 460 ft.
Suoli / Type of soils: Sandy loam soil from decomposed pink granite.
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, in stainless steel.
Affinamento / Élevage: Partly in concrete and partly in botti grandi (large, Slavonian oak casks).
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.