Red wine made in Sicily, Italy.
Made from only Nerello Mascalese planted in vineyards of Contrada Monte Serra, on the South-east slope of Mount Etna, within the territory of Viagrande. Elevation is 450 m. Vines are planted in sandy, volcanic soil, rich in “ripiddu” (small pumice lava stones) and minerals, with sub-acid reaction. The plants are of mixed ages and include some 100 year old ones. The climate is hilly, humid and rainy in the colder season, with good ventilation and significant swings between day and evening temperatures.
Hand harvested and full de-stemming, maceration and fermentation take place in stainless steel at controlled temperatures over approximately 21 days, using only indigenous Etna yeasts that have been selected by the winery after a long experimentation. The wine then ages in French oak tonneaux for 12 months and then in stainless steel. The wine then spends about 10 months in the bottle before being released.
The wine is filled with lofty aromas of red fruits and spices are complemented by similar characteristics on the palate, which is dry and medium- to full-bodied, with smoother tannins, and a persistent, harmonious finish.