CONTINI VERNACCIA DI ORISTANO FLOR 2013
NUT FLOR LENGTH
LEFT OF CENTRE / 750ML
Low acidity and high alcohol offer a rich textured oxidative white. In the glass it is brimming with roasted nuts, cheese rind and liquored citrus. A great alternative to Vin Jaune, with a salty Sardinian edge.
From the Distributor: The production of Vernaccia in the lower Valley of the Tirso in Sardinia, has its roots in very ancient times. It is obtained exclusively from grapes of the vine of the same name; it is left to mature in chestnut barrels, in the dusky half-light of the Contini cellars.
The barrels are oxygenated, and the wine develops a flor, a natural, native yeast growth which acts as a protective layer, while also imparting certain flavours and aromas to the wine. Sherry is also made with a similar production method, and the resulting wine is not unlike a full-bodied fino Sherry.
Vernaccia di Oristano is a wine of a decidedly Mediterranean flavour, with a full-bodied, persistent perfume, with hints of toasted hazelnuts and almond blossom. It can be served chilled as an aperitif or at the end of the meal, a wine for mellow thoughts, excellent with almond based sweets and pastries. This has the potential to age in a cellar for a very long time. Once opened, the bottle can last for a few weeks.
Founded in 1898 Contini is one of the oldest and most prestigious wineries in Sardegna. Known for classic Vernaccia in the early years, Contini is now producing excellent wines from other native Sardinian varietals, such as Vermentino, Cannonau and Nieddera.
The growing area is located just a few metres above sea level, in one of the best wine production areas of the lower Tirso Valley on the Sinis Peninsula, a region rich in history. The winery itself is located at Cabras, a town in mid-western Sardinia, less than 10 kilometres from Oristano.
Three generations after Attilio founded the winery, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren are competently and passionately dedicated to the creation of traditional wines with the assistance of the best modern technology. The family has deliberately curtailed rapid growth, in favour of producing quality wines at a sustainable pace.