Angialis Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 2013

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Argiolas is the foremost wine estate on the island of Sardinia producing archetypal wines from native varietals. The winery was founded in 1938 by Antonio Argiolas and was the first on the island to pursue quality over quantity. Today, the Argiolas family is recognized as Sardinia’s leading producer of wine.

Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean and lies roughly 190 miles west of Italy's mainland. The vineyards of Argiolas are located in Serdiana in the Trexenta hills just north of the capital of Cagliari. Argiolas farms 600 acres of native Sardinian grapes including Nuragus, Monica, and Cannonau.

Angialis is a late-harvest sweet wine made from 95% Nasco (a grape native to the island) with 5% Malvasia di Cagliari. The grapes are harvested between late October and early November before a brief appassimento at the winery. The wine is fermented in stainless-steel tanks and aged in French barriques

Tasting Notes

The name Nasco is derived from nuscu meaning "musk" in Sardinian dialect. Angialis shows the musk, honey, and dried fruit character that is typical of a late-harvest style coupled with flavors of fresh apricots and orange zest. Aging in French oak barriques lends notes of vanilla and toffee.

Food Pairing

Angialis is the perfect foil for a well-aged sheep’s milk cheese such as Pecornio Sardo, where the wine’s acidity and sweetness are balanced by the cheese’s salty piquancy. The wine can also be paired with fried pastry drizzled with honey or with desserts that feature peaches, apricots, or dried fruit.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
The Angialis vineyard
Vineyard size:
13 acres
Soil composition:
Stony, Sandy Clay-Loam
Training method:
Bush
Elevation:
760 feet
Vines/acre:
2,200-2,400
Yield/acre:
0.6-0.8 tons
Exposure:
Southeastern
Year vineyard planted:
1984
Harvest time:
October-November
First vintage of this wine:
1989
Bottles produced of this wine:
14,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
95% Nasco, 5% Malvasia
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
20-25 days
Fermentation temperature:
64-66 °F
Type of aging container:
Barriques and Stainless steel tanks
Size of aging container:
225 L (Barriques)
Age of aging container:
New (Barriques)
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
12-13 (Barriques) and 3-4 (Stainless steel tanks)
Length of bottle aging:
6-8 months

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