Feudo Montoni

Sicily, Italy

Nerello Mascalese Terre di Elio Terre Siciliane IGT — 2021

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  • Introduction

    • Terre di Elio is a wine that Mr. Sireci has been planning for years. Historical background: In the late 1800s, Mr. Sireci’s grandfather bought Feudo Montoni from Baron FrancicaNava, who also owned land and vineyards in Etna and Syracuse. Father Neglia, the cardinal’s secretary and agronomist, introduced a Nerello Mascalese plant to Montoni in the mid-1800s. This red wine, named “Terre di Elio,” is produced from these vines. In 1970, Mr. Sireci’s father, Elio, produced this wine and preferred it for its elegance and non-staining color. Now, after 50 years, Fabio is producing this wine again, coinciding with the birth of his son, Elio.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Area of Production: Cammarata (Agrigento)

      Altitude: 700 meters (2,296 feet) above sea level

      Exposure: East-facing vineyard

      Soil composition: Stony sandy soil Age of the

      Vineyard: 35 year old vines, grafted from our old Vrucura Nero d’Avola “mother plants.” By grafting in this antique manner, we obtain grapes with a unique and exclusive “DNA” of Feudo Montoni, our copyright of Nature.

      Vine density: 4.400 vines per hectare (1,781 vines per acre)

      Training system: Vertical trellis Pruning system: Guyot

  • Vintage Report

    • The 2021 vintage was marked with precipitation that was slightly lower than annual averages. Most of the annual rainfall was concentrated in the winter months and in early spring. Late spring and early summer were dry months, slowing down the vegetative phases of the vines. However, the entire vegetative process was accompanied by intense work in the vineyard and concluded regularly. Rainfall recommenced steadily in August and lasted throughout the harvest, which commenced in mid-September and lasted until the beginning of November. During the winter and spring, the temperatures were moderate, however during the summer months, cool nights offset higher-than-average hot summer days, allowing for an ample acidity to form in the grapes. The quantity of grapes produced was slightly superior to the 2020 vintage and the quality was positive.

  • Vinification

    • Spontaneous fermentation process takes place in cement containers. Spontaneous malolacticfermentation takes place completely in cement.

    • Aging: 18 months in cement, 3 months in barrels, 2 months in the bottle
  • Technical Information

    • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Aged in cement tanks and has very little contact with wood to highlight its subtle and timid texture on the palate. The color is pale ruby, on the nose are hints of wild catmint, wormwood, and laurel, together with scents of rose petals and of lily.



  • Nerello Mascalese Terre di Elio Terre Siciliane IGT — 2021 – Wine Enthusiast – 92 Points

    "The nose offers a sweet and savory blend of strawberries and watermelon candy with cinnamon, chili pepper and pickling spices before the palate brings out more strawberry and watermelon but with a mineral edge and tannins that cling intensely."

  • Nerello Mascalese Terre di Elio Terre Siciliane IGT — 2021 – Wine Advocate – 92 Points

    “We are seeing more Nerello Mascalese from central Sicily, and as expected, the grape performs very differently than it does on its native Etna. One of the most successful away-from-home interpretations comes from Feudo Montoni. The 2021 Sicilia Nerello Mascalese Terre di Elio shows bright berry and sour cherry with a lavender or lilac aroma that you don't get on the volcano. The wine's medium-rich weight is also more substantial. Terre di Elio is very a perfumed red wine.”

  • Nerello Mascalese Terre di Elio Terre Siciliane IGT — 2021 – Vinous – 92 Points

    “Crushed raspberries, roses, lavender and blood orange form a captivating bouquet as the 2021 Nerello Mascalese Terre di Elio blossoms in the glass. This is pure class, silky and refined, with a polished wave of perfumed red fruits and citrus tones carried across a core of vibrant acidity. It finishes classically structured and long with a twang of tart wild berries. Licorice and spice nuances slowly fade."