Wine region / Country
Argiolas Perdera 2012 (2 bottles)
Dettori Renosu Rosso (2 bottles)
Santadi Carignano Riserva Rocca Rubia 2012 (2 bottles)
Normal retail price: £64.01
Club Discount Price: £56.12
You save: £7.88 (12.31%)
No tourist resorts, no cruise ships, no luxury boutiques... Before setting off, put any travel brochure pictures firmly out of your mind. Get ready to feel the wind in your hair and to smell in the air the heady scent of wild shrubs and the earthy whiff of iodine. Off with your shoes to nestle your feet into the warmth of the sandy soils. Join us as we get right into the heart of this fascinating island through its wines, so robust, vibrant and brimming with life.
Our selection this month enables you to discover three conspicuous and very representative Sardinian wineries: Argiolas, the island's largest winery and always an obvious choice; Dettori, artisans who are entirely committed to working to the best of their ability; and Santadi, a cooperative which for some years has become one of the most accomplished at interpreting the Sulcis, one of Sardinia's most highly-esteemed regions. All of the wines in this selection are made using indigenous varieties, some better known (the Carignano and Cannonau), others less so (Monica). Get to know each producer's own style through them and be prepared to add three new names to your list of favourite wines.
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Red. Argiolas Monica di Sardegna, Italy Mónica, Carignano, Bovale
Bottle: £7.74 club members / £8.49 non-members
A ruby-red colour, on the nose it offers an array of aromas, highlighting its sweet notes of ripe fruits, cherries, strawberries and blueberries, apart from its salty whiffs and, more subtly, a black pepper note. It has a fruity flavour, immediate and smooth; it's medium-bodied and pleasantly fresh on the finish. To sum up: a really good wine, versatile in pairings and with an excellent price-quality ratio.
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Red. Dettori Romangia, Italy Cannonau, Mónica, Pascale
Bottle: £8.33 club members / £9.91 non-members
Renosu is what could be called the winery's entry-level wine, produced using grapes that have not undergone such a rigorous selection as in the case of its more special wines.
Bring the wine glass close to your nose and you'll instantly realise that Renosu has much to offer. An intense perfume, diverse and refined will undoubtedly attract your attention: notes of lavender and Mediterranean copses, red and orange fruits, with smooth tannins and a discreet sugary touch, all balanced however by a lovely freshness and strong minerality. A great wine, full, fleshy, with plenty of body and goodness.
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Red. Santadi Carignano del Sulcis, Italy Carignano
Bottle: £11.98 club members / £13.61 non-members
It's amazing to think that soils as poor as those of the Sulcis can bring to life a wine with such a subtle aroma, so generous and welcoming. Rocca Rubia appears a dense garnet colour and offers on the nose a panoply of fruit fragrances, with slight undertones of spices and fine wood. This subtlety is confirmed on the palate: velvety but with firm tannins, fresh, flavoursome and very pleasant. A wine with plenty of body, which manages to balance out its notable alcohol content most successfully.
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