Contrada Cavaliere, Etna Rosso DOC — 2019
South-western slope of Mount Etna in Contrada Cavaliere (part of the village of Santa Maria di Licodia), particularly suited for its high elevation and abundant luminosity.
Appellation: Etna DOC Rosso
Climate: Mountain climate, less rainy than other slopes of Mount Etna, with high ventilation and luminosity and extremely significant diurnal range
Altitude: 900 m a.s.l. / 2,950 ft a.s.l.
Vine Age: 50 years old.
Training: Trained with Guyot system.
Soil: Sandy, volcanic, rich in skeleton and minerals, with sub-acid reaction
Density: 6,500 vinestocks per hectare (2,632 vines per acre)
Yield: 6,000 kg/ha
Grapes are hand-picked around mid October and de-stemmed. 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 occurs in used tonneaux of French oak for about 12 months and then in stainless steel.
- 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