Santadi, Villa Solais, Vermentino di Sardegna, Italy, 2019


Sardinia’s best known white, Vermentino, is one of the ultimate “back garden smashers”. But no matter the time of year or weather, we can’t help but feel the warmth of the sun and Vitamin D seeping into our shoulders when drinking this wine. Widely planted on the island for many hundreds of years, Vermentino’s rise to prominence has come only in the last 30 or so years (DOC Status in 1988) as it was originally made for the local market. Nowadays they produce a wonderfully fresh and vibrant wine that has all of the hallmarks of summer. Sardinia itself is a land of varying soils and landscapes, strong winds and stronger people and is now churning out some seriously good vino (check out Cannanou, or Grenache as we know it, especially).


Apples and pears. Lemon and lime. Grapefruit and gooseberry. Bright and fresh. Hint of honey and herbs. Wonderfully aromatic.


Lovely and refreshing. All of the above. Not too complicated. Lots of green fruits. Soft on the palate. Acidity is in the background and doesn’t take away from the fruit.