The Wine is a blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio, which are both late ripening due to the range in diurnal temperature and the cooling effect of their high location at about 600 meters above sea level on the Northern slopes of the volcano. The two varieties are growing on a mix of sandy and volcanic soil. Vinified seperately in stianless steel using indigenous yeasts, with a maceration of about 15 days. After malolactic fermentation, 20% of the Nerello Mascalese is aged in French oak barriques for eight to ten months, with the rest of the wine maturing in stainless steel. Followed by a further 3 months of bottle refinement.
Almost a Beaujolais lightness and freshness, but also some of Burgundy’s effortless, weightless concentration and rich heart. Lovely nose – lifted dry cherry and spice. The palate is fresh and lively, with pure cherry and strawberry fruit, fine gentle tannins and an earthy minerality. Super balance. A wine with hidden depths.
“The wines from Sicily have grown in reputation over the past decade or so, and with good reason. Coming from volcanic soils these wines produce a lovely precise quality that’s have direct fruit and tensity but ultimately eminently drinkable. The structure allows for drinking by itself but has the complexity to work very well with a broad selection of cuisines.”