Nicosia Etna Rosso Contrada San Nicolò

Nicosia Etna Rosso Contrada San Nicolò

Nicosia Etna Rosso Contrada San Nicolò

Vegan

Italy | 13.0% | 75cl

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Delicately balanced Etna red with grip and elegance.

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.

Is there a more dynamic place to make wine in Italy than Sicily's Mount Etna? Cantine Nicosia is based in the Etna region, on the east coast of Sicily, where 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. Just a few miles from the southernmost tip of the Italian peninsula is the lively agricultural center of Vittoria and the Contrada Bonincontro district - home to the large and impeccably groomed Nicosia vineyards planted exclusively with Nero d’Avola and Frappato.

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.

Pair with chicken and pork dishes, and roast vegetables.

 

Country Italy
Region Sicily
Grapes Nerello Mascalese
ABV 13.0%
Suitable for Vegans Yes
Organic No

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