Who makes it?
Tenute Olbios is owned by Daniela Pinna and her husband David. The wines are grown and made on the island of Sardegna. And the Lupus in Fabula Superiore is a Vementino di Gallura DOCG wine. Unsurprisingly, it is a white wine made from Vermentino which is the most popular white grape grown on the island.
The vines in Daniela’s care are all dry grown even in extreme conditions. This naturally lowers the yield for this prolific yielding vine.
They makes some interesting wines as well as this Superiore version. There is also a sparkling Vermentino di Gallura, a dry late harvest version and a sherry style Vermentino as well. They also make red and rosé wines as well.
For more information please read: Why you should be drinking Vermentino di Gallura!
How do they make it?
The low yield grapes for Lupus in Fabula Vermentino di Gallura are hand picked. And as a ‘superiore’ level wine it has a maximum of 9 ton per hectare. The grapes then cool ferment in stainless steel. Daniela is on record as saying that this ferment can take up to 50 days at the temperature they target.
Furthermore after that ferment, the wine is then left on its lees (sur lie) for at least 8 months. That time on lees bolstered the fruit weight and adds a spicy roundness to the wine.
If you like Vermentino why not read: The veritable story of Viognier, Vermentino & Verduzzo
What does it taste like?
This is a concentrated Vermentino that is fuller in body. It is dry white wine with refreshing acid that keeps the fleshy fruit in an elegant line. The wine has an abundance of floral, apple and lemon citrus aromas and flavours. The very long length is savoury and detailed with some nuttiness melding with that fruit and spice.
What to drink it with?
Without a doubt Seafood is a great match. Not only grilled chicken too, tossed into a salad with feta cheese but also through some fresh made pasta. Also don’t forget grilled vegetable skewers with haloumi.
Enjoy with Pecorino or fresh cheese such as ricotta and feta. Even better look for the cheese from Sardegna, Bianco di Thiesi as it is less salty.
Quickie review « This is another pretty version of Vermentino that still retains some savouriness. »
Country of Origin: Vermentino di Gallura Superiore DOCG, Italy
Tasting Date: May 2023
Price: UK £ | €21 |USD$ 36++ | AUD $53
Drink: now – 3+ years
Needs food: no
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