The name Serra della Contessa appeared for the first time in a very old notarial document written in Latin and dating back to the year 1474.
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E T N A R O S S O D.O.C. (11/8/1968).
Area of production: Monte Serra, the volcanic cone at the lowest altitude on the eastern side of Etna, in the commune of Viagrande (Ct).
Altitude: 500 m asl.
Climate: high rainfall and humidity with great temperature changes throughout the day.
Terrain: sandy, volcanic, rich in minerals with subacid reaction.
Grape Variety: Nerello Mascalese (Negrello) grown as alberello (free standing bush) is the main vine of the Etnean region. It has large-medium compact bunches, with medium-sized grapes, light blue skins, very pruinose. Its taste is sweet and slightly tannic. Nerello Cappuccio or Mantellato (mantled), grown as alberello (free standing bush). Its place of origin is unknown. It has mediumsmall sized compact bunches, medium- sized grapes, blue-black skins. Its taste is sweet and slightly tannic.
Density of implantation: 8,000 vinestocks per hectare.
Grapes yield per hectare: 55 q
Age of vineyards: 100 years, in part with vines “franco of piede” (ungrafted).
Vinification: the grapes, harvested at the end of September, are vinified in red with long maceration of the must with the skins in 52 hectoliters oak cask.
Maturation: after malolactic fermentation, the wine is transeferred into small casks (225 liters) where it matures for more than one year.
Refining: in bottles for at least 12 months.
- Color: vivid red ruby.
- Scent: ethereal, intense, with hints of wild berries, peach and noble wood.
- Taste: full, harmonic, considerably persistent and reasonably tannic.
Alcoholic content: 13,5% by VOL.
Serving temperature: 18-20°C, in glasses suitable for red bodied wines.
Gastronomic accompaniment: with wild fowl, meat and sauces even elaborated, and mature cheese.
Duration: it benefits from long permanence in bottle, becoming more austere and mature after 4-5 years after harvest.
The name Serra della Contessa appeared for the first time in a very old notarial document written in Latin and dating back to the year 1474
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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.