Denomination: Etna Rosso DOC
Grapes: Nerello Mascalese, the main black-berry vine of the prestigious Etna appellation, and a small percentage of Nerello Cappuccio.
Production zone: Eastern Sicily, north side of Etna, between Randazzo and Castiglione di Sicilia
Altitude: from 730 to 750 m s.l.m.
Soil: sandy texture lavic soil. Deep, rich in minerals
Climate: This area north of the volcano is characterized by precipitation lower than the average of the other slopes of Etna. Summers are cool, characterized by strong temperature changes between day and night
Vineyard: etnean Alberello (bush vine) and VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) trained with spurred cordon pruning
Plant density: about 4,500 plants per hectare
Yield: 45 - 65 q.li/ha.
Harvesting: manual harvesting of grapes into crates with careful selection of the grapes in the vineyard. The harvest began on October 11th and ended on October 21st
Vinification: Once the clusters reach the winery they undergo further selection on a vibrating table, followed by grape selection thanks to a latest generation destemmer, able to discard the green and overripe grapes. Fermentation in stainless steel with maceration on the skins for 8-10 days at a temperature of 25°C
Aging: 14 months, partly in the tank and partly in French oak (second and third passage barriques) and then at least 7 months in bottle before be marketed
Alcoholic content: 13.5% vol.
Color: light ruby red
Nose: with notes of red fruits (raspberries and cherries) along with hints of fresh balsamic mint and delicate spicy nuances of white pepper
Palate: it is fresh and with a good structure, with ripe tannins and a balanced and persistent finish
Longevity: over 5 years
Food & Wine: Perfect with Mediterranean antipasti and first courses based on eggplant or mushrooms, meat and roast stew. Pairing options are numerous: from North-American cuisine (chicken wings, hamburgers) to moderate spicy Asian dishes (beef stir-fried, dumplings) to fusion cuisine like Tex-Mex based on meat and beans
Serving temperature: 18°C
First vintage: 2016
Bottled at the origin by the Azienda Agricola DONNAFUGATA S.r.l. - MARSALA - ITALY - A RANDAZZO