Sàmbene (blood in Barbagia Sardinian) is an Isola dei Nuraghi IGT red wine made from Cannonau, Sardinia’s princely grape variety, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, produced by Ruju Sardu winery.
The three grape varieties come from the same vineyard cultivated in the countryside of Oliena in the Jumpadu area, on calcareous breakdown soil mixed with marl, with a yield of 50 quintals per hectare.
Harvesting usually takes place between mid-September and early October and is done strictly by hand. The grapes, subjected to selective cryoextraction, ferment with the help of selected indigenous yeasts, pressing is soft, and pumping over is done by hand. The wine rests in steel, part of the mass is aged in oak barrels, and after about two years bottling takes place.
Sàmbene Isola dei Nuraghi IGT has a compact and lively purple color to the eye that falls consistently in the glass.
The nose gives clear scents of ripe small red fruits, black currants and blueberries, morello cherries and blackberries, with hints of humus and Mediterranean scrub.
Warm dry and long drinking wine, in harmony between freshness and softness. Well-expressed but evolved and classy tannin with noteworthy savoriness and flavor persistence.
At the table Sàmbene pairs well with structured dishes typical of Sardinian and Italian traditions, but it can also accompany more delicate dishes thanks to its soft, enveloping tannins.
A Bordeaux or baloon glass is recommended. Ideal serving temperature between 18 and 20 °C.