Contrada Dafara Galluzzo, Etna Rosso DOC — 2019
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
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.
- Varietal Composition: Nerello Mascalese, the noble indigenous red grape of Mount Etna
- Alcohol: 14%
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