Sicily, Italy

Contrada Dafara Galluzzo, Etna Rosso DOC — 2019

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Contrada Dafara Galluzzo, in the village of Rovittello (Castiglione di Sicilia), on the northern slope of Mount Etna, particularly suited for Nerello Mascalese.

      Appellation: Etna DOC Rosso

      Altitude:750 m a.s.l. / 2,500 ft a.s.l.

      Climate: Mountain climate, humid and rainy in the cooler season, with high ventilation and significant temperature excursions.

      Vine Age: Mostly young

      Training: Head-trained, short-pruned bush vines (“alberello”) grown on small terraces with dry lava-stone walls

      Soil: Sandy, volcanic, rich in minerals, with sub-acid reaction (pH 6.2)

      Vine Density: Approximately 8,000 vinestocks per hectare (3,239 vines per acre)

      Yield: 6,500 kg/ha

  • Vinification

    • Grapes are hand-picked during the 4th week of October, de stemmed and softly pressed. Fermentation occurs at a controlled temperature in stainless steel vats, with a 21 days long maceration, using a specific indigenous yeast selected in the vineyard by Benanti. The maturation then continues in used tonneaux of French oak for about 12 months and then in stainless steel tanks.

    • Aging: In tonneaux of French oak (used) for 12 months and then in stainless steel tanks. Followed by 10 months in the bottle.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Nerello Mascalese, the noble indigenous red grape of Mount Etna
    • Alcohol: 14%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Color: Pale, ruby
      Scent: Ethereal, spicy, with scents of red fruit
      Taste and Body: Dry, medium-to-full bodied, distinctively tannic, balanced and persistent

    • Serving Suggestions: A wine particularly suited for red meats, wild fowl and mature cheese