Dublin based wine merchant and Master of Wine Mick O’Connell has finally released his new vinous creations from Sardinia. Not only do we get a 5th vintage of his Garnacha this year but also a mighty quaffable Vermentino white just in time for the European summer.
Loyal followers of the Cancedda O’Connell project will want to watch out closely for these two new release micro vinifications that look set to hit European wine shelves in the coming months.
Buccia not Battles V1 Vermentino, Vino Bianco, Sardinia, 11% Abv.
Pithy and expressive, this exciting white boasts aromatic notes of dry summer grass, dried herbs, roasted nuts, peach stones and pithy pear drop. The palate has definition and balance with a tangy freshness, juicy pear pastille, green apple purée and candied yellow orchard fruit notes. A fine maiden Vino Bianco release from this winery.
(Wine Safari Score: 90+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)
Garnacha not Guerra V5 (2019) Vino Rosso, Sardinia, 11.5% Abv.
This shows all the fabulous lift and aromatic perfume of a Sardinian garden in full bloom boasting notes of violets, lavender, crushed raspberries, sun ripened cranberry and subtle hints of red liquorice stick. The palate is light, pure and ethereal with a deliciously moreish acidity, fine powdery mineral tannins and mouthwatering nuances of blood orange, sour red plum, wild strawberry and a delicious melange of vermouth herbs and pithy bramble berry spice. The perfect light touch red for summer quaffing.
(Wine Safari Score: 92+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)