From mother to vineyard, the pay-off states. Beautiful, simple, effective. We don't like it though to call it a slogan, recalling something that has more marketing and communication aspects. From mother to vineyard is the perfect synthesis of Antonella Corda’s story, a young producer from Serdiana, Sardegna (Italy). A story that has just begun, but with ancient roots. Antonella's mother always has had vines, thanks to his father, a great agricultural entrepreneur, who, more than eighty years ago, created a wine project that has brought prestige to the economy of an entire territory. Work in the vineyards and the production of quality grapes to make excellent wines has always been a family affair. But it is with Antonella that something has changed. She turned those grapes into bottles, great bottles. Label them with her name, put a cork, and send them everywhere in the world, as ambassadors of the Serdiana terroir, something in which Antonella believes very much. This is how in 2016, the first official harvest, three wines come onto the market: Vermentino di Sardegna, Cannonau di Sardegna and Nuragus di Cagliari. Finesse, elegance, great drinkability are the must have characteristics of a wine and everything concurs to enhance the vines, the climate and the soil. It can be easy to make a good wine these times, it is much more difficult to do it with certain peculiarities. Antonella has succeeded, since first harvest. She relied on a high level technical staff, worked hard and, with the help of a lucky vintage, put three star players on the market. So much that the Cannonau di Sardegna 2016 immediately conquers Vini d’Italia’s Gambero Rosso wine tasters that awarded it with Tre Bicchieri, the maximum score of the Guide. But that is not all. This wine and the whole range of refences lead Antonella Corda winery to be awarded as the Emerging Winery of the Year, one of the 11 Special Awards assigned by the Guide each year. Gratification is so great, Antonella's emotion goes beyond any limit. And this is only the beginning ... What is the great value of Antonella Corda wines since the first vintages? They have ancient roots but are at the same time absolutely contemporary wines. The Vermentino is fresh, saline, of good aromaticity as the vine has to be, but tasty and never tiring drink. The Nuragus is thin, deep, slender, very elegant. Lastly, the Cannonau represents a template. A model for which, perhaps in spite of the name, the grape manages to give grace, drinkability and elegance. A certain Mediterranean character, but never heavy, alcoholic or difficult to drink. Actually, juicy and tasty, fresh and with aromas of rose and small berries. How the Cannonau should be. Thus it talks about grapes, about the territory that gives it life and the hand of the man who completes the work. Brava Antonella, go on like this!
We recently tasted three different Mandrolisai that really surprised us. Here are our tasting notes.Recently we tasted again the three wines, in the different vintages produced so far, plus one great novelty. Here are our tasting notes on the most convincing bottles ...
- Cannonau di Sardegna 2016
Wonderful. Three years later, the wine still reveals signs of absolute youth, with a nose that offers perfumes of currant, wild strawberry and rose. Mouth of great freshness, savory, crunchy in the drink, deep and with a very clean finish.
- Cannonau di Sardegna 2017
A warmer vintage than the previous one that offers aromas of plum and blackberry, spices and a touch of tobacco. The mouth is wrapping, it is warm, but never heavy, there is a hint of tannins due to the youth of the wine. Already pleasant, it will be interesting to try it again in a while.
- Nuragus di Cagliari 2016
Who said that Nuragus does not age? Skeptics do try this wine. Scents of white fruit and signs of noble resins anticipate a thin and deep mouth, with well-integrated acidity and a saline finish.
- Nuragus di Cagliari 2018
Still a child, but it seems to follow the 2016 vintage. The vintage was not particularly fortunate especially for produced grapes’ quantity, but those brought to the cellar by Antonella seem to be of the highest standard. White flowers, touch of anise and a crystal clean mouth.
- Vermentino di Sardegna 2017
Tertiary aromas began to appear for the wine obtained solely from Vermentino grapes, an aromatic variety that gives hints of yellow fruit, wild flowers and sweet spices. The mouth is warm, but with a beautiful acid touch that brightens the drink.
- Ziru – IGT Isola dei Nuraghi 2017
The novelty at Antonella Corda winery is given by a white wine made from vermentino grapes aged in amphorae. The maceration on the skins characterizes the wine that immediately amazes for its aromas and complexity. Yellow flowers, a touch of dry leaves, zest of candied lemon and beeswax are just few of the hints to the nose. The mouth is sapid, smooth, slightly tannic but never bitter, long, deep, tasty and shockingly easy to drink. Sincere congratulations!