Contini Tonaghe 2016 Cannonau di Sardegna DOC

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Tasting Notes

Cannonau is the Sardinian name for Grenache and is one of the most commonly planted varietal in Sardinia. Grenache can be extremely diverse in flavour profiles depending on where it is grown and the wine making techniques employed. The Tonaghe sits in the middle of this flavour profile spectrum.


Ripe plums and blackberries is what I first get on the nose, which translates well onto the palate with a full bodied black fruit presence, spice and a slight floral character. It finishes with a firm but not overwhelming tannin structure. Interestingly, Grenache usually tends to spend time in oak, however this wine has not, with the wine maker opting for stainless steel and concrete vats for ageing. 


Enjoy Me With

The flavour profile of this wine lends itself to a char grilled or barbecued steak. My choice would have to be a grass fed rib eye, with the bone in. A great cut, full of flavour and it just so happens to work really well with this wine. Whilst it is full bodied, it does work well as a summer red too.


If you want a wine that is full bodied yet elegant, fruit driven, spicy and interesting you have met your match. I hope you enjoy the wine as much as I do.


- Jeremy.


Vineyard in Focus

Here at St Urban Wines, we love wines from Sardinia and in particular Contini. Founded in 1898, it happens to be one of the oldest and most prestigious wineries.


Four generations have overseen the production of wine over 120 years, which began with Vernacchia Di Oristano and was later joined by various other varietals. This winery has evolved with time, continuing to improve by adding new winemaking techniques and ideas. With an organic philosophy, the family oversees approximately 100 hectares of vines along the Sinis Peninsula, Tirso Valley and on the slopes of Mount Arci. Vineyards span many different areas with various soil types and micro climates, allowing different grapes to be grown and creating incredible individuality.