Carros Nepente di Oliena wine - Cantina Puddu
Qualification: Cannonau of Sardinia Nepente of Oliena.
Vol: 0,75 l.
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Vinification: fermentation under controlled temperature, in order to preserve the typical aroma of the variety.
Aspect: ruby red colour with purplish reflexes.
Flavour: this wine as a great acid punch, is evenly tannic and in complex is well balanced; the fruity and spicy notes are also evident here to recall it's perfume.
Alcoholic content: 14,5 % vol.
Maturation: in oak barrels of 50 hl for about 5 months, in bottle for others 3 months.
“Below the blue and light mountains as if they were made of marble and air the white village burnt as a lime quarry: but every now and then a flow of wind refreshed it and the walnuts and peaches in the gardens whispered amongst the swish of the water and the birds”. Grazia Deledda wrote this in “Reeds in the Wind”, describing the suggestive landscape of Oliena, ancient site in the province of Nuoro, where an excellent DOC wine is produced, the Nepente of Oliena, and where in the locality of Orvuddai the Puddu winery company has its site.
The beginning of this activity is strictly linked to Nenneddu’s and Luisa’s will, courage and attachment for their own land. Since their childhood they spent all their energies to create products that could reflect with their taste the rare beauty of Oliena’s territory.
The company is spread on 50 hectares 30 of which are cultuvated as vineyards. The wine grape mainly present here is the red Cannonau, the “king of Sardinia”, probably an autochthonous grape variety which was already present on the island 3000 years ago and for this reason is considered the oldest of the Mediterranean area. It is spread throughout the whole region and it found in Oliena its natural habitat.
Since 1500 AD in Oliena’s territory there has been a considerable winery activity carried out by the Franciscan friars who, after having founded a convent and a church, set a vineyard with over 10000 stumps connected to the oenological plant of which the ruins can still be seen. The wine making process was already present at those times.
Evidence of this is given by a letter with which the prior friar of Oliena asks the head of the order of the least friars of Sardinia in Cagliari for the authorization and the funds to start up a big vineyard with an oenological plant. It is said that “in Oliena there are many families that in their houses poses at least ten giorre full of good red wine” (the giorre were earthenware jars of about 200 liters).
Afterwards the Jesuits gave a great impulse to the wine growing activity, which has been preserved and developed to nowadays, indeed officials, poets, writers have spoken of Oliena’s wine several times and occasions as a “wine to consider belonging to luxury wines, to be drunk with short sips to get used to it, every sip settles the soul’s and body’s issues”.
Above all Gabriele D’Annunzio who gave this wine the name which the ancient Greeks used for a herb similar to opium with hallucinogen effects: NEPENTE.
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