Omestica 2019, Cantina di Neoneli
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Ready or drink by 2029
The wine pairs perfectly with meat dishes, ideally grilled.
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Cantina di Neoneli is a collective of winemakers, covering an area of 6 hectares divided into twenty vineyards, some of which would have fallen into disrepair had Neoneli not been formed. Located in the center of Sardinia, their vines can be found in an evocative, ancient landscape, with evidence of centuries of winemaking everywhere you turn.
Their Omestica 2019 is 100% Cannonau, the native Sardinian grape. Organically grown in granite soil at an altitude of 520 meters above sea level, the grapes are harvested manually before being softly pressed. Slow and spontaneous fermentation with a 20 day maceration, no filtering and no clarification. The Omestica 2019 is aged for 12 months in large raw cement barrels, then a further 8 months in the bottle.
If you've never met Samuel, it would be impossible for me to fully express why we love these guys so much. Keep in mind, this wine region has only bottled wine for 4 years now. Prior to that, all wine was just made a bulk wine, sold by the liter and bottled in reused plastic water bottles. But, that doesn't mean the wine tradition isn't extremely strong here. Of some 600 inhabitants, kids included, 130 make wine. Literally fights break out over coffee in the morning about fermentation methods, as it is that ingrained in their tradition that everyone has their opinion.
Neoneli winery was born from a bet desired and accepted years ago when 3 friends (Marco, Samuel and Salvatore) decided to save the identity and traditions of their territory.
Through hard work, perseverance and stubbornness they managed to go beyond reason, feeling indebted to their people who have been able to maintain the quality of their vines for centuries: a heritage that was impossible to leave behind.
Today the vineyard area counts over 6 hectares, divided in about twenty vineyards which over the centuries have built a perfect symbiosis with the surrounding cork oaks, used exclusively for the cork of their bottles, creating a rare wine landscape. Additionally, these guys continue to acquire old abandoned vineyards to save decades of what would be lost heritage. When a 70 year old vineyard dies, you don't get that back overnight (you have to wait another 70 years). We are so moved by their mission.
The potential in this zone immense, even if no one really knows of it yet. You'll have the great pleasure to say that you drank one of the first bottles ever produced in this region, this Omestica 2019.