Vermentino di Gallura DOCG is Sardinia’s only DOCG appellation, and covers white Vermentino-based wines from the Northern end of the island. DOCG is Italy’s highest quality ranking and Sardinia is a large island off the West coast of Italy, above Sicily and below Corsica. Now that the Geography lesson is over we can talk about the wine. Vermentino is the wine that has put Sardinia on the world stage.
Vigne Surrau is very committed to the region and to Vermentino. It is the show piece of the region, with all the architectural designed steel, glass and concrete you would expect.
It makes a bit of sense as this part of Sardinia is on the destination list for the International Jet Set type. For most of the year, you will see enormous yachts parked alongside trendy hotels every day of the week. But this means nothing if the wines are not any good, and this “Branu” is a standout.
Vigne Surrau’s vineyards are in the centre of region and vines are planted in soil that can only be described as crushed granite. Strong winds blow in this area of the country and it makes for a very difficult place to grow grapes. The wine is fermented entirely in stainless steel to preserve the youthful zest and mineral notes of the wine. A big intense wine, with nuances of grape and exotic fruits and a hint of green pepper. What is really surprising and delightful is the weight and complexity of the wine. It is long and persistent, yet still elegant and fresh.