Agricola Punica Barrua 2011 – WA – 93 pts

from, WA #216 Dec 2014

Agricola Punica Barrua 2011 – 93 pts

The IGT Isola dei Nuraghi 2011 Barrua is a hearty blend of 85% Carignano, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot that is aged up to 18 months in oak.
The wine boasts a compelling international signature that borrows from the great wines of Bolgheri and Bordeaux. The fruit reaches perfect maturity with luscious ripeness and deep aromatic intensity. At the back are pretty spice, tobacco and dark chocolate tones that build the wine’s personality. Barrua will hold five years or more.

Sebastiano Rosa

As is often the case, behind a great wine, there is generally a great wine personality. In the case of Agricola Punica, there is a plethora of top personalities including Giacomo Tachis, one of Italy’s most historically famous oenologists, Marchese Nicolo Incisa della Rocchetta of the estate San Guido, Sebastiano Rosa,and Santadi President Antonello Pilloni.

It was Tachis, according to Sebastiano Rosa, Managing Director of Agricola Punica, who encouraged this elite group to develop the property and focus on Carignano, a grape variety that Tachis instinctively recognized as indigenous to the soils and the climate of this south west coastal area in Sardegna.

Hence, Agricola Punica, founded in 2002 in the area of Sulcis, extends today over 60 hectares and is recognized as one of the most
extraordinary estates in Sardegna, one of the Mediterraneans most illustrious islands.

Barrua ( 85% Carignano – 10% Cabernet Sauvignon – 5% Merlot ) remains one of Sardegna’s top award winning wines, Montessu ( 60% Carignano and 10% each of Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Syrah and Cabernet Franc ) beloved for its elegance and drinkability. Samas – 80% Vermentino & 20% Cahrdonnay, released as of 2013, is brimming with minerality and the generosity of the sundrenched land where it was born.

Sebastiano dedicated to creating world class wines in this Sulicis paradise tips his hat to Giacomo Tachis for his vision, guidance and resounding knowledge.

Area: South-West Cagliari

Owner: It is a joint venture between Sebastiano Rosa, Cantina di Santadi, Tenuta San Guido, Santadi President and legendary Tuscan consulting oenologist Giacomo Tachis.
Varietals planted: Carignano, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
Total acres: 60 hectares

Agricola Punica spa
09010 Santadi – Loc. Barrua
Sardinia – Italy

Agricola Punica intro doc

Sardinia region

  • Samas – Isola dei Nuraghi IGT
  • Montessu – Vermentino di Gallura DOCG
  • Barrua – Isola dei Nuraghi IGT


Wines labels & details


Isola dei Nuraghi IGT

80% Vermentino – 20% Chardonnay
Description: White wine made from selected Vermentino and Chardonnay grapes, vinified with cryo-maceration techniques to preserve the wine from oxidation. Harvesting done by hand at dawn to maintain the characteristic varietal notes of these grapes, mostly coming from vineyards with sandy soil.



Isola dei Nuraghi IGT

60% Carignano – 10% Syrah – 10% Cabernet Sauvignon – 10% Cabernet F – 10% Merlot
Description: Wine from Carignano, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes vinified individually from spurred cordon vines cultivated in Basso Sulcis region.



Isola dei Nuraghi IGT

85% Carignano – 10% Cabernet S. – 5% Merlot
Description: Wine form Carignano, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes vinified individually in our Narcao and Barrua vineyards from spurred cordon vines cultivated in Basso Sulcis.