Nerello Cappuccio Terre Siciliane IGT Rosso — 2019
Contrada Cavaliere, within the territory of Santa Maria di Licodia (CT), on the South-western slope of Mount Etna, particularly suited for its high altitude and abundant luminosity.
Appellation: Terre Siciliane I.G.T. Rosso
Altitude: 900 m a.s.l. / 2,950 ft a.s.l
Climate: Mountain climate, less rainy than other slopes of Mount Etna, with high ventilation and luminosity and extremely significant temperature excursions
Vine Age: Up to 30 years old vines,
Training: Trained with the spurred cordon system
Soil: Sandy, volcanic, rich in skeleton and minerals, with sub-acid reaction
Density: 6,500-7,000 vinestocks per hectare, 2,429 – 2,834 vines per acre
Yield: 7,000 kg/ha
Grapes are hand-picked during October, de-stemmed and softly pressed. Fermentation occurs at a controlled temperature in stainless steel vats, with a 14-15 days long maceration, using an indigenous yeast selected in the vineyard by Benanti. The maturation then occurs in stainless steel tanks for about 12 months until bottling.
- Aging: In stainless steel tanks for about 12 months. Followed by 6 months in the bottle.
- Varietal Composition: Nerello Cappuccio, a variety grown on the Etna volcano for centuries, sweet and mildly tannic
- Alcohol: 13.5%
Color: Fairly bright ruby red with very light tints of purple
Scent: Spicy, herbaceous, smoky, mildly fruity
Taste and Body: Dry, pleasant acidity, mildly tannic, balanced, good persistence with red fruit aromas
- Serving Suggestions: Highly versatile wine; red and white meats, cheeses, cooked fish-based recipes and by the glass occasions
Nerello Cappuccio Terre Siciliane IGT Rosso — 2019 – Vinous – 92 Points
“The 2019 Nerello Cappuccio displays a purple hue in the glass, along with a pepper-tinged bouquet of red currants, dried flowers and hints of exotic spice. Its textures are deep and silky, soothing the palate with a wave of ripe red and black fruits that gain an energetic thrust through a core of zesty acidity. The 2019 finishes wickedly fresh with a reverberation of mouthwatering tension and flourish of inner sweetness to balance. This varietal Nerello Cappuccio is an absolute joy to taste."