The 100% Nerello Mascalese grapes are sourced from vines trained on the ancient 'alberello' system, on the south-east slopes of Mount Etna, at around 550-600m altitude. Soils are volcanic, rich in minerals and containing red pumice stone. The grapes are hand-harvested into crates in the second half of October. Maceration and fermentation lasts around 10-15 days at controlled temperature (24-26°C). Then whilst half the wine remains in stainless steel, the other half matures for 5-6 months in barrique, followed by a further 5-6 months in large oak casks. The finished wine spends a further 6 months in bottle before release.
Delicate aromas of wild cherry with herbal and lightly spicy notes. The palate is elegant and complex with redcurrant and sour cherry fruit balanced by the savoury characters and minerality typical of the Etna region. Fine tannins with juicy acidity leading to a long and fresh finish.
Chicken and pork dishes, and roast vegetables.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2022
Decanter World Wine Awards 2021