Ballu Tundu Riserva 2010 Cannonau di Sardegna | Birgitta’s Wine of the Month

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Cantina Giuseppe Sedilesu is in Mamoiada right in cannonau-country in central Sardinia. The vineyard which has been in existence for over 30 years, is family owned and has in the past ten years gone from producing bulk wine to become a biodynamic producer of quality wines. Some ten wines are now in the portfolio; a white made from the very local white grape granazza, a powerful rosé and a whole range of reds on from the Sardinian red grape Cannonau (the local name for Grenache).

My favourite wine is Ballu Tundu Riserva 2010. The grapes for this wine come from century-old vines that grow at an altitude of 650 meters above sea level. Even if it is hard to believe during a visit in September when the thermometer is at 30 C in the afternoon, winter can mean snow in this high altitude landscape.

The wine is dark red in colour and has a nose with ripe fruit and herbs. It is round and full-bodied in the mouth with soft tannins. A wine that should go well with lamb or other red meat. The alcohol content is as high as 15.5 percent, but the wine still feels pretty balanced. The price is 25 euros.

Janny van Baars-Patteri at Cantina Giuseppe Sedilesu
Janny van Baars-Patteri at Cantina Giuseppe Sedilesu, copyright Birgitta Dalenstam Lindgren

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