Wine of the Month: Vermentino di Gallura
Hailing from Sardinia, Vermentino is the flagship wine of the region of Gallura, in the north east of the island.
Vermentino di Sardegna is the most famous DOCG produced all over the island. The grapes grow luxurious and spread widely on the entire territory. However, Vermentino di Gallura is different. It was granted its own DOCG recognition separately from the Vermentino di Sardegna, to recognise the peculiarity of the grapes that grow specifically in the Gallura region as something quite unique.
The climate – quite windy and cool – combined with the properties contained in the soil – particularly rich in potassium – definitely have an effect in creating the unique taste of the grapes and consequently on the wine produced with them.
As specified in the DOCG documentation, a true Vermentino di Gallura is made with at least 95% of white Vermentino grape, and the rest is local white grapes.
Variety, characteristics and usage.
The variety presents itself with a pale yellow colour, with a variety of aromas and flavours that range from nutty and citrusy undertones to flowery hints and a dry/bitter finish.
As with most wines – Italian or otherwise – when paired with local food from the same area in which they are produced, it always feels like the flavour of the wine is enhanced and tastes even better.
We do realise we can’t ask you to quickly pop over to Sardinia just to try Vermentino, as if it were just around the corner…
So, should you happen to dine with us and would like to try this particular wine, we suggest you to combine it with any fish-based dish on our menu. This is because Sardinia is an island after all and their cuisine presents a vast variety of fish dishes.
Don’t forget to ask your server for the fish selection of the day!