Antichi Poderi Jerzu is a co-operative based in the small village of Jerzu in the historical Ogliastra region on the east coast of Sardinia. Jerzu is a remote and untouched village that maintains many of its age-old traditions. This may have something to do with the fact that Jerzu is believed to be the village with the world record ratio of centenarians to population: of the 3200 inhabitants, four are over 100 years old! The co-operative was founded in 1950 by the village doctor, Josto Miglior, who convinced 45 grape growers to join forces and produce better wine. Today, Jerzu unites 430 growers from almost all of the families in the village, and is led by head winemaker Biagio Boi and consultant winemaker Franco Bernabei. Their 650 hectares of vineyards are located in prime hillside areas stretching from the Gennargentu mountains in the heart of the island to the coast.
The vines are grown on south and south-east facing vineyards at altitudes between 350 - 450 metres above sea level, maximising exposure to sunlight. Soils are mostly schistous and calcareous. The average vine age is 20 years. The training system is simple Guyot and planting density is 4,000 vines per hectare.
Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel vats. Ageing took place in a combination of stainless steel and large oak barrels for added complexity.
Ruby red in colour with purple reflections, this wine opens with aromas of forest fruits. Medium bodied on the palate, it is well-balanced with good tannin structure.