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Nuragus grapes

by | Jan 31, 2017

Nuragus is considered as a very famous variety of white wine grape that is mostly planted in the regions of Italy.

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To be more particular, the plantation and cultivation of this white wine grape variety are carried out at large in the region of Sardinia.

This grape is referred to as a principle variety in between the Denominazione di originecontrollata wine, Nauragus di Cagliari.

Most of this wine is consumed locally among the people and therefore it is not exported to outer regions. This wine white grape variety entertains a long history in its island.

The ampelographers there have a belief that this variety was probably introduced in that particular area by the Phoenicians. This grape is still planted in the regions of Sardinia, however the quantity has faced a decrease by the 20th century,

Today, only 8,700 hectares of vines of this plant are grown throughout the world. These vines are specifically found in the southernmost part of the island in between Oristano and Cagliari on the hot Campidano plan.

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The name of this grape variety has been derived out of Nuragus itself, which is a small town located in the hills between the fishing town of Oristano and Cagliari.

This white wine grape variety is almost unknown and unplanted outside the hills and plains of southern Sardinia. The DOC of this wine entertains the highest allowed harvest yield or any Italian wine which is a maximum yield of 20 tons/hectares respectively.

The finished wines so prepared attain a level of alcohol that reaches up to 10.5 percent. At the same time, a semi-sparkling style called frizzante is also allowed under the DOC prepared out of this grape.

This grape variety is known to the world under a number of synonyms. The different names of this white wine grape variety are Abbondosa, Abbsudosa, Abboudossa, Abundans, Aksina de Popurus, Aksina de Marijan, Axina de Margai, AxinaScacciadeppidus, Axina de Popurus, Bruscubiancu, GarnaChchija, Burdu, Garnaccia, Lacconargiu, Granazza, Malvasia di Luras, Nuragusblanc de Sardaigne, Meragus, NuragusMoscatello, NuragusTrebbiana and many others.

Origin

The origin of this white wine grape variety is said to have entertained a story. This grape variety is considered to have been brought to the region of Sardinia by the Phoenicians very early in the 12th century BC.

Since then, the production of this white wine grape variety has been carried out at very large in different regions.

Characteristics

The vines of this white wine grape variety are considered to be very high yielding. They produced some great light bodied wines that entertain a good level of acidity.

These wines are noted to have various neutral flavors. A number of wine experts have marked the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety as favorable vintages that possess aromas similar to that of Vermentino along with sour apple flavor and almond notes.

This grape variety is said to have a high potential of acidity and this is the reason it can do really well in the very warm climate of the Mediterranean regions of southern Sardinia.

The wines prepared out of this white wine grape variety are not intended to be aged. These wines have aromas similar to that of a ripe apple, honeysuckle flower as well as honeyed pear aromas.

In the glass, these wines are medium-bodied with a medium level of acidity. Once the wine gets a room temperature, the flavors of apple peel, grapefruit peel; overripe apples as well as honey start to show up.

Overall, all the wines prepared out of this white wine grape variety are considered to be intriguing wines that are highly impressive whenever it comes to sipping and tasting them.

These wines taste their best both in their regular as well as refrigerated forms. This is the reason why the wines prepared out of this white wine grape variety are preferred by a number of people on their tables.

Food pairing

All the wines prepared out of this white wine grape variety are paired with different foods in their regular as well as refrigerated forms.

However, both these forms go really well when they are paired with the food items such as nigiri sushi with almonds, Linguine allavongole, clam pasta as well as green salad.

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Michael Bredahl

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