Berteru means sincere in the Mamoiada dialect. You only need to spend a few minutes with Luca Gungui to know why he gave his wine this name. He himself is a genuine soul. He wants his wine to reflect the expression of the soil and the area from which it comes. That area is the impossibly small town of Mammoiada in the province of Barbagia in the hills of central Sardinia. This is where Cannonau, long considered Sardinia’s most important red, grows best.
Some Italian winemakers appear to think that ‘Riserva’ on the label should mean ‘tarted up with more oak, more ripeness and some international varieties,’ but not Luca Gungui. red fruits and wild herbs on the nose and palate, fine ripe tannins, fresh acidity for a ‘big red’ due to the elevation of the vineyard. Outstanding, complex and distinctive; the texture is so well done that you could drink it on release but I am sure this will age beautifully.
Region: Sardegna, Italy
Appellation: Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva DOC
Grapes: 100% Cannonau
Farming: Certified organic
Age of vines: Planted in 1952, albarello trained, .7 hectare vineyard rented from a shepherd who couldn’t take care of it
Altitude, Aspect, & Soil Type: 650-700 M, SE Facing, decomposing granite
Typical Harvest Time: Late September through early October
Maceration & Fermentation: 25-30 days maceration, 40% whole cluster, controlled low temperature fermentation in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts
Aging: 8-10 months in 1000L botti, then 8 months in steel. Rests in bottle 4 months before release
Finishing: No fining or filtration
Production: 1200 bottles annually
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