Contrada Monte Serra, Etna Rosso DOC — 2019
Contrada Monte Serra, on the slopes of Monte Serra, an ancient extinct volcanic cone within the territory of the village of Viagrande (CT), on the south-eastern flank of Mount Etna
Appellation: Etna DOC Rosso
Climate: High hill climate, humid and rainy in the cooler season, with high ventilation and luminosity
Altitude: 450 m a.s.l. / 1,500 ft a.s.l.
Vine Age: Ranging from 14 to 100+ years old.
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 6.3)
Density: 9,000 vinestocks per hectare (3,644 vines per acre)
Yield: 6,500 kg/ha
Grapes are hand-picked in late September / early October, de-stemmed and softly pressed. Fermentation occurs at a controlled temperature in stainless steel, with a 21 days long maceration, using an indigenous yeast selected in the vineyards by Benanti Maturation occurs in used tonneaux of French oak for about 12 months.
- 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: 13.5%
Color: Pale, ruby red with light tints of garnet
Scent: Ethereal, spicy, with scents of red fruit
Taste and Body: Dry, medium-to-full bodied, reasonably tannic, balanced and persistent
- Serving Suggestions: A wine particularly suited for red meats, wild fowl and mature cheese