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Tenute Nicosia Contrada Monte Gorna Etna Rosso DOC

Tenute Nicosia Contrada Monte Gorna Etna Rosso DOC

Red | 2018 | Italy, Sicily | 13.0%

Delicately balanced Etna red with grip and elegance.
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Delicate aromas of wild cherry with herbal and lightly spicy notes. The palate is elegant and complex with redcurrant and sour cherry fruit balanced by savoury characters. Fine, grippy tannins give structure, with juicy acidity leading to a long and fresh finish.

Product Details

Type Red
Origin Italy, Sicily
Vintage 2018
Size 0.75 l
ABV 13.0%
Grape Nerello Mascalese
Viticulture Sustainable
Vinification Vegan • Vegetarian
Sulphite Content Contains Sulphites
Closure Cork

Production Notes

The 100% Nerello Mascalese grapes are sourced from vines trained on the ancient 'alberello' system, on the south-east slopes of Mount Etna, at around 550-600m altitude. Soils are volcanic, rich in minerals and containing red pumice stone. The grapes are hand-harvested into crates in the second half of October. Maceration and fermentation lasts around 10-15 days at controlled temperature (24-26°C). Then whilst half the wine remains in stainless steel, the other half matures for 5-6 months in barrique, followed by a further 5-6 months in large oak casks. The finished wine spends a further 6 months in bottle before release.

Producer Information

Cantine Nicosia is based in the Etna region, on the east coast of Sicily - home to some of the country's more premium and interesting wines. Here Carmelo Nicosia, along with sons Franceso and Graziano (5th generation), have developed their family business into one of Etna's most important wine producers. Their Trecastagni winery is where tradition meets ultra-modern technology.

Trecastagni, at the foot of one of the extinguished craters dotting Mount Etna and at an altitude of around 700m, is home to the ancient vineyards of Monte Gorna, with their distinctive lava terraces. The vineyards have been completely restructured and replanted, focusing on the native varieties used for Etna DOC wines: Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio for the red, and Catarratto and Carricante for the white. The extraordinary wealth of minerals found in Etna's volcanic soils can be credited with the very rich flavor and unique character of the wines produced here, which include not only the classic Etna Rosso and Etna Bianco, but also those made from international varieties such as Pinot Noir.

Just a few miles from the southernmost tip of the Italian peninsula is the lively agricultural center of Vittoria. In the heart of this area historically devoted to making high-quality wines, the Contrada Bonincontro district is home to the large and impeccably groomed Nicosia vineyards planted exclusively with Nero d’Avola and Frappato, the two native varieties used to produce Cerasuolo. The grapes produced here display particularly concentrated aromas that are beautifully expressed in monovarietal wines, but are also wonderful blended with the Sicily’s quintessential grape, Nero d’Avola.

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