NAME: Rosso - Terre Siciliane IGT
GRAPES: Cabernet Sauvignon, Nero d’Avola; the blend is completed with Tannat and other grapes.
PRODUCTION AREA: south-western Sicily, Contessa Entellina Estate and neighboring territories.
LAND AND CLIMATE: altitude from 200 to 600 m s.l.m; hilly orography; clay loam soils with sub-alkaline reaction (pH from 7.5 to 7.9) rich in nutrients (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc) and total limestone from 20 to 35%. Mild winters; dry and windy summers with strong temperature changes between day and night.
VINEYARD: counter-espalier farming with spurred cordon pruning, leaving 6 to 8 buds per plant. Plant density from 4,500 to 6,000 plants per hectare with yields of around 50 -60 quintals / ha.
HARVEST: manual harvesting in boxes with careful selection of the grapes in the vineyard. The grape harvest for Tancredi opened in the first decade of September with Nero d'Avola followed by the harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat between the first and second ten days of September.
VINIFICATION: At the reception in the cellar, further selection of the bunches on the vibrating table and subsequent selection of the grapes thanks to a last-generation destemmer, able to discard the green and overripe ones. Fermentation in steel with maceration on the skins for about 14 days at a temperature of 28 ° -30 ° C. Aging for 12 months in French oak barrels (new and second pass) and at least 20 months in bottle.
ANALYTICAL DATA: alcohol 13.90% vol., Total acidity: 5.6 g / l., PH: 3.64
LONGEVITY: over 20 years.
FOOD & WINE: with steak, author's burger and game; also excellent on the Stroganoff fillet with mushrooms. It can be uncorked at the moment if served in large glasses, with a large mouth and good height. Excellent at 18 ° C.
DIALOGUE WITH ART: Do you remember Tancredi played by Alain Delon in the famous film that Visconti drew from "Il Gattopardo" by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa? This wine wants to represent its "revolutionary" elegance and ambition. The label presents an illustration by the artist Stefano Vitale who dedicated the work to Giacomo Rallo, visionary captain of Donnafugata. Contessa's cellar is there, in the clouds almost like a mirage. Top right, the beloved village of Sambuca di Sicilia where there are some vineyards that contribute to the Tancredi blend. There are just everyone, the places where the memory of man and his dreams become reality.
FIRST VINTAGE: 1990
Bottled by the Donnafugata s.r.l. - Marsala - ITALY