Cannonau di Sardegna ‘Lillove’, Gabbas, Sardinia
The Gabbas estate has been part of the Gabbas family for generations. Winning a string of Gambero
Rosso awards, Giuseppe Gabbas is now one of the most renowned winemakers in Sardinia. His wines
are best known for being true examples of traditional Sardinian styles. The estate consists of 20
hectares of vines, predominantly Cannonau de Sardegna making up of 80% of their cultivation,
alongside Vermentino and another local variety called Muristellu. Muristellu is a red varietal used in small
amounts in blending, it gives the wines extra body and depth.
The farm sits in the Locoe valley at the foot of the Supramonte mountains, in Barbagia, the heart of
Sardinia. The climate here is hot and dry but the cooling breezes from the surrounding sea and the
proximity of the mountain ranges provide these hillside vineyards with protection and temperature
control. The granite soils help to retain moisture, so much so that even in drought they can continue to
nourish the vines. These special conditions not only provide a perfect micro-climate for the grapes to
ripen but also they allow for minimal intervention; the use of pesticides and fertilizers here is very little.
This Cannonau (Grenache), is a lovely introduction to Sardinia’s red wines; medium-bodied, with lots of juicy summer fruit flavours and a long finish. A wine that cries out for grilled lamb cutlets with rosemary and garlic.
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