Serra della Contessa Particella, No.587, Etna Rosso DOC Riserva — 2017
Contrada Monte Serra, on the flank of Monte Serra, an extinct crater within the territory of Viagrande (CT), on the south-eastern slope of Mount Etna.
Appellation: Etna DOC Rosso Riserva
Climate: High hill climate, mitigated by the proximity to the Ionian Sea, humid and rainy in the cooler season, with constant good ventilation and high luminosity.
Altitude: 500 m a.s.l. / 1,640 ft a.s.l.
Vine Age: Very steep vineyard of co-planted, pre-phylloxera, ungrafted
Training: Head-trained bush vines (“alberello”)
Soil: Sandy, volcanic, rich in minerals, with sub-acid reaction (pH 6.2)
Density: 9,000 – 10,000 vinestocks per hectare (3,644 – 4,049 vines per acre)
Yield: 4,500 kg/ha
Grapes are hand-picked between late September and early October, de-stemmed and softly pressed. Fermentation occurs at a controlled temperature in stainless steel, with a long maceration, with an indigenous yeast selected in the vineyard by Benanti.
- Aging: Maturation mainly occurs in large barrels of French oak (15hl), for at least 15 months and then continues in stainless steel tanks.
- Varietal Composition: Nerello Mascalese (85-90%), the indigenous red grape of Mount Etna; Nerello Cappuccio (c.10-15%), a variety grown on the volcano for centuries.
- Alcohol: 14%
Color: Ruby red with light tints of garnet
Scent: Ethereal, intense, with hints of wild berries, spice and noble wood
Taste and Body: Full, harmonic, mineral, considerably persistent and reasonably tannic
- Serving Suggestions: A full, balanced and age-worthy wine ideal with game, red meat and mature cheese