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Bovale "Terra Pintada" Campidano di Terralba DOC Cantina del Bovale
- Region: Sardegna
- Type: Still Red Wine
- Proof: 13,5/14%
- Wine Variety: Bovale 100%
- Place of production, aging, service temperature: Grapes from the Municipality of Torralba in the province of Oristano. Maturation and aging in stainless steel for at least 10 months. Service Temperature 18/20 Degrees.
- Uniqueness: Sardinian autochthonous wine of great elegance based on a velvety softness and elegant tannins.
Many names, only one Wine
Bovale is an autochthonous Sardinian vine variety whose origin is mysterious. It is probably the result of the relationships and contaminations between all those populations who, from the sea, have interacted, commercially or militarily, with Sardinia. It is possible that his arrival coincides with the Aragonese domination that goes from the '300 to the' 700 and that has involved countless exchanges at various levels. A hypothesis is that Bovale derives from the Spanish species Morastrell, known in France as Mourvèdre (it is called also "Muristellu" and "Muristella" by Sardinians), but, in recent times, it has been shown that there is no similarity between the two vine varieties. Then, Bovale has split into two similar but genetically different types: Bovale Piccolo (or Bovale) and Bovale Grande. The hypothetical difference was confirmed with the Tintilia (autochthonous Molise grape) and the Sardinian Nieddera. On the contrary, there is assonance, with differences that keep them distinct, with the Sardinian Cagnulari vine variety and the Spanish Graciano. Bovale Grande, compared to the widespread Bovale picccolo (or Bovale), presents some differences such as the violet color, a distinct acidity, a great freshness and vinous sensation, an evident fragrance, sensations of fresh red fruits and a tannic sensation really marked. For this reason, Bovale Grande is rarely vinified in purity. Other names of the Bovale are Bovaledu, Bualeddu, Bovale Piticcu, Cardissina and Cadelanisca.
Meditation in a moonless night
During a sailing holiday from Bosa, we go to the Maldiventre Island in the west of Sardinia in the province of Oristano, about 9 miles from the Sinis peninsula. The island is wonderful, uninhabited and part of a beautiful marine protected area. It recalls the Island of Lavezzi in the Bocche di Bonifacio but it is much more exposed to all winds and in particular to the Mistral. In fact, its Sardinian name is "Malu Entu" which means "Bad Wind". We are lucky and we land in an eastern bend of the island during an evening of little wind that allows us a good mooring at sunset. After an exploration at sunset, we return on board with the first darkness which, after 22:30, turns into a deep darkness sprinkled with a mantle of stars. This atmosphere take your breath away, thanks to a moonless night. There are no lights but only a faint lighthouse on the island and, to the east, a vague light induced by the city of Oristano. We decide to dine with the malloreddus with sausage and saffron, that we combine with a Bovale di Terralba from the Bovale wine cellar. We enjoy a soft union in an unreal silence. After dinner we always remain in silence with our glass of Bovale that becomes an excellent meditation companion, with the nose up, suspended, watching the stars accompanied only by the gentle lapping of the water. Magical.
Torralba: territory of election of the Bovale
It is present throughout Sardinia but especially in Cagliari, in Oristano and Terralba, Anglona and Logudoro. it finds a particularly special area in the territory of Torralba where it composes, in purity, the DOC Campidano of Torralba. It comes in the DOC Mandrolisai together with Monica and Cannonau.