In a nutshell: A full flavoured yet crisp and refreshing, unoaked Vermentino from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia.
The lowdown: Vermentino is the most widely planted white grape variety on Sardinia and while it can be a bit 'everyday' this example from the Parpinello family is a bit of a different animal and quite multi-dimensional. Their vineyards are located on the gently slopes between Alghero and Sassari in the north west of the island and after harvest the fruit is fermented and aged in stainless steel for three months which retains the true varietal characteristics. It's got elegant aromas of ripe tropical fruits, citrus zest and some subtle herbal touches. It's full flavoured and nicely weighty on the palate with ripe stone fruit flavours that carry through with notes of bitter almonds on the finish.
When to drink: This is a marvellously easy wine to drink and is perfect as an aperitif or, of course, with seafood.
The Parpinello family has run this 30 hectare estate and winery in the north of Sardinia with dedication and passion for three generations. Currently the father and son team of Giampaolo and Paolo Parpinello are at the helm and their aim is to reflect the characteristic Sardinian terroir and show this in the nature of their wines.
The vineyards are situated on a gentle slope between the towns of Alghero and Sassari in the north west of the island. In order to produce wines to the standards they require the advantages of modern winemaking technology is judiciously combined with traditional farming methods. The results of their efforts are high quality wines with intense aromas and flavours which reveal the generous attributes of the best wines from this part of the Mediterranean.