Sardinia was wet, wet, wet after many years of drought-like conditions. Copious rainfall and even some snow refilled almost-empty reservoirs. After the rains, which lasted throughout spring, July weather was 2018 HARVEST
in line with years past. This did bring on Peronospora, but this mostly affected those who were not able to act in a timely manner. Particularly lush and vigorous vines needed canopy management. Veraison began slightly later and harvest began in August with earlier ripening grapes.
RENATO SPANU of JANKARA
This year was a very challenging vintage due to the weather, but, all in all, we were able to put solid quality wines in the tank. It will be a more elegant vintage, for Vermentino in particular, with about 13.5% alcohol.
RAFFAELE CANI of CANTINA SANTADI
Harvest 2018 was characterized by an unusual climate, with (well) above-average precipitation (about 800 mm compared to a seasonal average of 450-500 mm) and hot but not boiling temperatures. This favored balanced plant production, which all leads to good grape maturation. In spite of the abundant showers during harvest season, we were able to pick healthy grapes with the right numbers on analysis for quality wines, thanks to winemaking skill and the timeliness of harvest. The vineyards on the coast, sandy and ungrafted, enjoyed better weather in that there was only 500mm of rain. This all contributed to perfectly healthy grapes, with an excellent concentration of sugar and polyphenols, allowing for the production of excellent quality wines that maintain the standards set by Santadi. While the wines are not completed at the moment, they seem fresh, with good acidity, good aromas and balanced alcohol.