The Vigneview Verdict
I have to admit that this Siddùra Spèra Vermentino di Gallura DOCG 2019 wine from Sardinia was a new one for me. I’ve never tried a Vermentino before. After reading countless articles, I decided to try one from Sardinia’s Vermentino di Gallura DOCG region, as they are reported to be the best.
‘Siddùra’, the name of the producer, which in Gallurese means ‘saddle’, is named after the shape of the hillside where the vineyard grows. ‘Spèra’, the name of this particular wine, means ‘beam of light’. I find this so appropriate because this Vermentino di Gallura DOCG wine is almost glowing with a brilliant medium yellow colour. It’s almost as if Sardinians have bottled their sunshine. Goodness knows we can always use a does of Vitamin D in London!!!
Despite the price point, I think this award winning wine is phenomenal and presents itself as such a great talking point. It’s not everyday you get to enjoy a refreshing European white wine from Sardinia! Bursting with floral notes of honesuckle, golden apples and citrus (particularly grapefruit), this wine delighted my senses. Despite being medium bodied and having a 14% abv, the Vermentino does its job by providing plenty of refreshing acidity on the palate and a lengthy finish.
Not knowing much about Vermentino, I decided to do my research. Also called Rolle in France, it is used in several Provençal rosé blends and also grows in Liguria, Italy. Vermentino retains its acidity when growing close to the sea, as it benefits from the cooling breezes. Flavours and aromas vary, depending upon the growing conditions. Citrus notes tend to dominate in cooler regions, while golden apple and mango notes are more characteristic from warmer regions.
This particular wine was fermented at low temperatures (12-13 °C) in stainless steel tanks to further retain freshness and acidity. Additionally, the wine was matured on the lees to impart additional complexities. This is truly an elegant wine, which is clearly reflective of the incredible terroir of the Vermentino di Gallura DOCG region.
I recommend pairing this Siddùra Spèra Vermentino di Gallura DOCG 2019 wine with the local Pecorino Sardo Canestrado DOP cheese.
Producer: Siddura Spèra Vermentino
Region: Vermentino di Gallura DOCG, Sardinia
Colour: Medium Yellow
Price: £18.40 (Independent Wines)
Citrus fruit: Lemons and grapefruit
Orchard fruit: Pears, golden apples
Drinking Window: Can drink now or keep until 2026
Awards: 2019 Decanter Bronze