Angialis Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 2014

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.

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
Age of Aging Container
New (Barriques)
Length of alcoholic fermentation
20-25 days
Fermentation temperature
64-66 °F
Type of aging container
Barriques and Stainless steel tanks
Length of bottle aging
6-8 months
Size of aging container
225 L (Barriques)
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
12-13 (Barriques) and 3-4 (Stainless steel tanks)
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14.5 %

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