Cannonau di Sardegna Cortes
Wine name:Cannonau di Sardegna Cortes
Appellation:Cannonau di Sardegna DOC
Zone:Azzanidò district, Monti district
Cru:Mura vineyards and a small plot in the Monti zone
Vineyard extension (hectares):2.5
Vineyard age (year of planting):Cannonau 2002
Soil Type:rocky with quartzite
Altitude:150 meters above sea level
Nose:Intense and fruity
Flavour:fresh, mineral with a cherry note aftertaste
Serving temperature (°C):14-15
Match with:Not very seasoned cheese, salame, pasta and rice dishes with vegetables, not very succulent meat dishes
Average no. bottles/year:10,000
Grape yield per hectare tons:5
Vinification and ageing
The grapes are harvested at the end of September and at the beginning of October. Destemming, maceration with the skins for 5 days at 20 degrees Celsius. Punching down of the cap and pumping over of the must 3 times a day. After the alcoholic fermentation the wine is racked off. Malolactic fermentation.
Address:località Azzanidò Loiri 107020 Porto San Paolo Olbia - Tempio
Owner:Salvatore and Marianna Mura
Year of establishment:1999
Total annual production:60000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):13
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):1ha Bovale Sardo 3.5ha Cannonau 0.5ha Carignano 8ha Vermentino
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines
Type of viticulture:integrated/sustainable
Harvest period:From the beginning of September till the end of October
For the first time our selection now offers you some very special wines from Sardinia and from a very special estate.
Azienda Vitivinicola Mura is in the north west of the island near Olbia, six kilometres inland and was established in 1975 by Filippo Mura, the father of Salvatore and Marianna, as a hobby. He planted 7 hectares of vineyards on the old bed of a river after levelling the land out and removing a lot of the granite rocks. A huge granite rock can still be seen among the vines. The sea breezes meet here with the breezes that blow from the mountains creating a particular microclimate and lowering the temperature in the afternoon and at night. Bear in mind that the temperature can go up to 40-41 degrees Celsius in August!
Since 1999 Marianna and Salvatore work full time at the estate after Filippo entrusted them with the management. Marianna is the wine maker, she has a degree in biology and one in oenology and viticulture and has specialised her knowledge in white vinification in Friuli working for a season at the estates of Marco Felluga and Russiz Superiore. Salvatore is an agricultural technician, he manages the vineyards, together with Marianna, and he follows the marketing of the wines.
At present the vineyard extension is 13 hectares, 8 hectares are planted with Vermentino, the rest are planted with indigenous red varietals such as Cannonau, Bovale and Carignano. The altitude is 150-200 meters above sea level, the soil is made up of red clay, it has little organic matter and is rich in white, pink and purple quartzite and in granite.
Because of the composition of the soil and the vicinity of the Tyrrhenian sea, the Vermentino di Gallura (this is the only DOCG appellation in Sardinia) of the Mura family is particularly mineral, sapid, it has a lot of structure. Furthermore, these wines have a good acidity, due to the cool afternoon breezes, that make them fresh and vibrant.
Marianna’s version of Cannonau is different from the traditional one: the grapes are harvested earlier, the maceration with the skins is short (five days) so as to make fresh and fruity wines, with cherry and strawberry notes, wines that are appreciated also by a young public.
2015 vintage: Vinous 90+/100