August’s Superstar Wine of the Month

I have visited Sardinia again, where I have just tasted a wonderful red wine produced in this magical island made from Carignan, a grape variety originally from Cariñena in the Spanish region of Aragon. Carignan was popular in the Southern French region of Languedoc but got a bad reputation for being too bold and unbalanced-full-bodied, alcoholic with rustic tannins and low acidity.

Conversely, in the mining area of Sulcis in Western Sardinia, this grape has found its “mineral habitat”, and during the last 10-15 years, careful investment in the vineyards and in the winemaking process has created interesting reds.

Rocca Rubia 2009 expresses a wild Mediterranean character softened by elegant acidity and a mineral texture, more typical of wines from continental climates.

Bright intense ruby in colour, the bouquet displays hints of ripe berries, cassis, myrtle and sweet spices (cinnamon, cardamom) which twist into more complex aromas of liquorice, leather and incense, finishing with a balsamic iodized note.

The texture is fruity and lingering, balanced by a remarkable mineral acidity, velvety tannins and a 13% vol. of alcohol. It has a long spicy tangy finish.

A perfect match with roasted suckling pig on myrtle leaves.

What more should I say?! After many months of rain and gloomy grey sky in England, I now  feel at home!

Rocca Rubia Riserva 2009 – Cantina di Santadi is available on line from AG wines and other online retailers around £17.40/bottle

Superstar Wine of the Month selected by Simona Caprioli. Why not mail us with your suggestion for Wine of the Month at