Argiolas Perdera

Perdera Monica di Sardegna DOC bottle image

Wine Description

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.

Perdera, meaning "place of many stones," is made from Monica, a grape that grows exclusively on the island of Sardinia and gives soft, easy-drinking wines with ample fruitiness. Some experts believe that Monica came from Spain but a genetic link has yet to be found. Monica is widely planted, easy to drink, and is very popular in Sardinia.

Antonio Argiolas
Argiolas Vineyard
Antonio, Francesca and Valentina Argiolas
Is Solinas
Autumn Vine
Argiolas Winery
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Acclaim
“This opens up with an alluring fragrance of rose, violet, ripe berry and wild herb. The succulent palate delivers juicy raspberry, black cherry, licorice and black pepper alongside lithe tannins.”
— Wine Enthusiast, Oct 2015
“The 2012 Monica di Sardegna Perdera is a great value wine. Made with 90% Monica and smaller parts Carignano and Bovale, this is a medium-bodied red with easy fruit nuances and fresh acidity on the close. It should be consumed within the next 24 months and would taste great next to a plate of potato gnocchi with melted gorgonzola.”
— Wine Advocate, Dec 2014
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Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Monica di Sardegna DOC
Vineyard name
The Perdera vineyard
Vineyard size
74 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous Clay-Loam
Training method
Guyot
Elevation:
660 feet
Vines/acre:
2,200
Yield/acre:
2.4-2.8 tons
Exposure:
Southeastern
Year vineyard planted:
1975-1980
Harvest time:
September
First vintage of this wine:
1990
Bottles produced of this wine:
400,000
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Winemaking & Aging
Maceration length:
6-8
Varietal composition:
90% Monica, 5% Carignano, 5% Bovale Sardo
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
7-8 days
Fermentation temperature:
82-86 °F
Maceration technique:
Racking
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barrels and Cement vats
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
6-8 months in wood and 4 months in cement
Age of Aging Container:
One year
Length of bottle aging:
2-3 months
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Analytical Data
pH level:
3.9
Acidity:
4.8 g/L
Alcohol:
13.5 %
Dry extract:
29.4 g/L
Residual sugar:
1.1 g/L