Color: red ruby with light tints garnet.
Scent: ethereal, of fruit, spices, with a nuance of tobacco and vanilla.
Taste: dry, full, tannic, balanced, persistent with flavor of licorice. Reasonably persistent and tannic
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Area of production: Countryside Guardiola, on the northen side of Etna, commune of Castiglione di Sicilia (Ct).
Altitude: 750 m asl.
Climate: high rainfall and humidity with great temperature changes throughout the day.
Terrain: sandy, volcanic, very rich in minerals with subacid reaction.
Grape Variety: Nerello Mascalese 100% (Negrello) grown as alberello (free standing bush). It is the most noble indigenous Etnean variety. It was selected by the vine growers of Etna, many century ago, at Mascali (CT), a town situated on the slopes of Etna. This vine is constituted as an Etna red D.O.C. at not less than 80%. It is present in all the Etnean region at an altitude which ranges from 350 metres asl to 1,050 meters asl. Depending on the location of the vineyards, on the versant of the volcano and its method of cu cultivation, the nuances and characteristics of these wines are significantly different from each other. As for all the indigenous Etnean varieties, the grapes are of late ripening (2nd decade of October). The vines are cultivated like alberello (free standing bush) and vinified like important red aged wines with predominating scents of red fruit, flowers and spices together with a typical, pleasant taste of tannin.
Density of implantation: about 9,000 vinestocks per hectare.
Grapes yield per hectare: 65 q.
Age of vineyards: 60 years.
Vinification: the grapes, harvested after mid October, are vinified in red with long maceration with the skins.
Maturation: after malolactic fermentation, the wine is transferred into small casks (225 liters) where it is left to mature for more than one year.
Refining: in bottles for 8-10 months.
- Color: red ruby with light tints garnet.
- Scent: ethereal, of fruit, spices, with a nuance of tobacco and vanilla.
- Taste: dry, full, tannic, balanced, persistent with flavor of licorice.
Reasonably persistent and tannic.
Alcoholic content: 13-14% by VOL.
Serving temperature: 18-20°C, in glasses for red bodied wines.
Gastronomic accompaniment: optimal with red meat, wild fowl and mature cheese.
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It is made of a blend of wines from grapes of Nerello Mascalese, Nero D’Avola and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is long ageing red wine, with a characteristic of great longevity as well as immediacy, where the great vocation of the Sicilian territory for the production of exceptional red wines may be fully appreciated.
It is a red wine of great structure and longevity. It comes from a careful selection and blend of our best varieties vinified separately: Nerello Mascalese, Nero d’Avola, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It is unmistakable and unique, reaching its highest in harmony and balance.
Its name seems to attributed by the vine-grovers of Viagrande because of its characteristics of allowing a good, constant production over the years. The bunches, at ripeness, are of average length usually, and scattered; the grape is of medium-sized with very pruinose skin and a greenyellowish color. The pulp is juicy and the taste is simple and sweet.
Organoleptic characteristics: - Color: pale yellowish with greenish tints. - Scent: intense, rich and fruity, of orange and lemon flower, and ripe apple. - Taste: dry, with pleasant acidity, nice aromatic persistence and after taste of anise and almond.
This grappa is obtained from the marcs of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio, of the vineyard of Serra dell Contessa Etna Red D.O.C. Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio are cultivated on the eastern slopes of Etna at 400 m asl.