La Segreta Il Rosso by Planeta takes its name from the wood that surrounds Ulmo vineyard of Planeta. This young and fresh wine obtained mainly from Nero d'Avola grapes, the flag of Sicily for wine, gains personality and style with the addition of international grapes.
Grapes: 50% Nero D'Avola, 25% Merlot, 20% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Franc
Classification: Sicily DOC
Type of wine: Red
First year of production: 1995
Vineyards: Dispensa, Buonivini, Maroccoli, Gurra
Vineyard municipalities: Menfi (AG) and Noto (SR)
Planting year: 1985 and 1996
Altitude: Dispensa 45-75 meters above sea level, Buonivini 40-70 meters above sea level, Maroccoli 370-430 meters above sea level, Gurra 35-75 meters above sea level
Soil type: medium deep tending to clayey, scarce almost absent skeleton, medium calcareous; in Maroccoli, calcareous soil rich in medium-sized skeletons, not very clayey with an abundant silty fraction. A Gurra, medium deep, not very calcareous, absent skeleton and very clayey; Buonivini, soils composed of calcareous marl, abundant and small-sized skeleton; fine texture with light colored clay fraction.
Yield per hectare: Dispensa 80/90 quintals; Buonivini 70 quintals; Maroccoli 70/80 quintals; Gurra 80 quintals
Training system: espalier with spurred cordon and Guyot pruning system
Plant density: 4.545 - 5.050 plants per hectare
Harvest period: August and September
Vinification: the grapes, harvested manually and taken to the cellar, are de-stemmed and crushed, and then sent to 114/160/213 hl steel tanks. The grapes were moved three times a day with very short pumping overs - between 12 and 25 minutes - depending on the stage of fermentation, in order to respect the skin and the fruit as much as possible. Fermentation lasted 7/8 days, the temperature in the early stages was kept around 16-17 °C and then, approaching its conclusion, the refrigeration was suspended and the last degrees of alcohol took place with temperatures between 24 -25°C. Once the fermentation was over, the skins were drawn off. The malolactic fermentation took place in the same tanks; once concluded, between November and December, after the racking following the malolactic fermentation, the refinement began, always in steel tanks.
Refinement: in stainless steel
Bottling period: May 2021
Alcoholic content: 13.15% vol.
Total acidity: 5.65
Colour: intense and vivid ruby red
Nose: aromas of currants and mulberry with a subtle spicy and mentholated finish
Palate: beautiful personality with flavors of ripe berries, balanced by a full and herbaceous taste in an absolutely pleasant way. The tannins are docile and well smoothed thus giving this red a very versatile character.
Pairings: For daily consumption it is ideal in combination with Mediterranean first courses, light meat dishes, vegetables or even oily fish.
Aging potential: Wine to be drunk immediately or to be kept for 2-3 years
Originally bottled by Azienda Agricole PLANETA s.s Menfi (AG) Italy