Atzei Saragat Vermentino 2020 


Open your eyes white varietal to try and a gold medal one at that.

"Vermentino (“vur-men-teeno”) is a light-bodied white wine that grows mostly in Italy on the island of Sardinia. What’s exciting about Vermentino is it can be deliciously complex in taste in similar style to Sauvignon Blanc. Because Vermentino is so unknown, you can find high quality wines for a great value. Let’s delve into the details of Vermentino wine and what to look for and from where.
A glass of classic Sardinia Vermentino will offer up lively aromas of pear, white peach, lime and pink grapefruit with subtle notes of crushed rocks and citrus zest. On the palate, Vermentino is almost always dry and somewhat oily with flavors of grapefruit and citrus, with a crushed rocky minerality and saltiness. On the finish, it can be a bit snappy with bitterness similar to the taste of grapefruit pith or, if it’s on the riper side, fresh almond." Wine Folly

The Tenuta Atzei Saragat Vermentino Isola dei Nuraghi is a first-class white wine. Here it shows a wonderfully brilliant, light yellow color. To the nose, this Tenuta Atzei white wine presents all manner of physalis, star fruit, acacia, jasmine and cherry blossom. As if that wasn't impressive enough, the stainless steel aging adds more aromas like oriental spices, cinnamon and black tea. 

Grown on the hillsides and plains close to the village of Mogoro, in the Alta Marmilla sub-region of southern Sardinia, the soils are granitic with a large instance of limestone, producing highly aromatic wines. Atzei follow a strict selection process in the vineyards at harvest, ensuring that only the very best Vermentino grapes are picked resulting in wines that display excellent concentration of flavours.
Gold Medal - NZIWS

Sardinian Sauvignon...sort of.

NZIWS GoldVegan Wine - Organic Wine Exchange