Bovale, Isola dei Nuraghi IGT, Melis 2015

IR13015

Made from Bovale Sardo grapes this red has lovely herbal notes combined with soft blackberry crumble flavours. A great example of what Sardinia can offer.

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Type Red
ABV 14.0%
Bottle Size 75 cl
Region Italy
Area Sardinia
Style Medium-bodied
Vintage 2015
Major Grape Bovale
Grapes 100% Bovale
Drinking Guide Drink Now
Food Match Spaghetti and meatballs
Notes

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Press Reviews

An intriguing red from the rugged island of Sardinia. The obscure bovale sardo lends it a soft taste of red fruit and a slightly smoky, earthy character. One to curl up with on a rainy afternoon.
Will Lyons, The Sunday Times, 10th September 2017

Flavio Melis says that his Bovale is Mourvèdre. The received wisdom is that Sardinian Bovale is Graciano. Take your pick. What we can tell you is that the wine is characterful, full-bodied and smooth with sun-baked red-berry fruit, earthy, leathery notes and a general air of welcoming rustic cheerfulness.
The Wine Gang, www.thewinegang.com, October 2016

Producer, in Terralba, insists this is Mourvèdre. But apparently there is some debate as to whether it's Mourvèdre or Graciano.  
Rich and intense – lots of oomph for the money. Really round and full of character (not sure it’s Mourvèdre character?) with herbs and density. VGV"
Jancis Robinson, www.jancisrobinson.com 4th November 2016

…a really intriguing red from Sardinia, which would be perfect with roast lamb. It’s made from bovale sardo,  which is a synonym for graciano, according to Jancis Robinson et al’s scholarly Wine Grapes.
Fiona Beckett, The Guardian, 19th March 2016

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Italian Vintages

Yields were down in 2016 but quality is high with Piedmont and Tuscany at least as good as 2015. 2015 is generally an excellent vintage across Italy, perhaps reds have the edge over whites. A year that necessitated a lot of work in the vineyards due to the rains, 2014 has produced some surprisingly good results with elegant fresh wines across the country. The long, cool growing season of 2013 produced aromatic, well-balanced wines, whilst 2012 showed particularly well in Tuscany and in sheltered sites in Piedmont. A warm growing season in 2011 gave powerful wines with ripe tannins in contrast to the cooler season of 2010 which gave fresher wines for mid-term drinking. 2009 was another warm year with higher alcohol, ripe tannins and good aromatics. 2008 delivered approachable, soft, elegant wines. This followed the excellent pair of 2007 and 2006. 2005 proved to be a difficult year with erratic weather patterns. Age-worthy, complex wines were produced in 2004 after the hot year of 2003 which seemed to suit Tuscany better than Piedmont. 2001 backwards, through to the latter half of the ’90s, proved something of a run of very good or excellent vintages, in which 1997 stands out, even in this company. 1994 gave lighter, fruity wines (drink up) while 1993 was patchy, 1992 was wet, 1991 was spoiled by rain at harvest, but 1990 was superb, starting the decade on a high.

An intriguing red from the rugged island of Sardinia. The obscure bovale sardo lends it a soft taste of red fruit and a slightly smoky, earthy character. One to curl up with on a rainy afternoon.
Will Lyons, The Sunday Times, 10th September 2017

Flavio Melis says that his Bovale is Mourvèdre. The received wisdom is that Sardinian Bovale is Graciano. Take your pick. What we can tell you is that the wine is characterful, full-bodied and smooth with sun-baked red-berry fruit, earthy, leathery notes and a general air of welcoming rustic cheerfulness.
The Wine Gang, www.thewinegang.com, October 2016

Producer, in Terralba, insists this is Mourvèdre. But apparently there is some debate as to whether it's Mourvèdre or Graciano.  
Rich and intense – lots of oomph for the money. Really round and full of character (not sure it’s Mourvèdre character?) with herbs and density. VGV"
Jancis Robinson, www.jancisrobinson.com 4th November 2016

…a really intriguing red from Sardinia, which would be perfect with roast lamb. It’s made from bovale sardo,  which is a synonym for graciano, according to Jancis Robinson et al’s scholarly Wine Grapes.
Fiona Beckett, The Guardian, 19th March 2016

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