A refined blend produced from Nero d’Avola and Merlot grapes, aged at length in wooden barrels to produce a red wine with great personality, it has a strong character with a well-balanced combination of colour, bouquet and flavour. Grown on land that is part of the Suor Marchesa estate.
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CLASSIFICATION - Typical Geographical Indication Sicily (IGT).
1st YEAR OF PRODUCTION - Vintage year 1998.
PRODUCTION AREA - Southeastern Sicily, Gela and Riesi hinterland.
SOIL - Mixed calcareous-siliceous composition.
ALTITUDE - From 100 to 300 msl.
VINEYARDS Upward and bush-trained vineyards, high planting density with low yield per hectare.
CLIMATE Mild winters with hot and very dry springs, summers and autumns.
VINTAGE By hand, at full maturity (from mid-September to mid-October, depending on the variety).
VINIFICATION Destemming of the grapes and traditional, separate macerations, 8 to 12 days (28° - 30° C.). After the wines are blended the malolactic fermentation is completed.
AGEING At least 10 - 12 months in fine-grained oak barriques.
MATURING After bottling, 10 - 12 months in cellar at controlled temperature (15° - 16° C.) to develope its bouquet.
TASTING Colour - deep, ruby red with garnet red highlights. Aroma - complex, intense, spicy, with marked notes of morell cherry and vanilla. Flavour - warm, velvety well-bodied and aromatically persistent.
ALCOHOL CONTENT - 13.5 v %.
MEAN ANNUAL PRODUCTION 70,000 750-ml. bottles, 800 1,500-ml. magnum bottles and 350 3,000-ml. double magnum bottles.
SERVING TEMPERATURE - 16° - 18° C.
RECOMMENDED GLASS - Transparent long-stemmed balloon glass.
RECOMMENDED WITHEspecially with dishes of red meat, game and some aged cheeses.
STORING - Reclined bottle in cool (15° C.) room, not too moist.
LIFE - More than 10 years if kept in cellars with suitable conditions.