Dionysus attenuates his disquiet by drinking young wine in the mists of January. At the crackling of the embers, in the evening, wine and meat became blood and feeling, inner strength, courage before the birth of new time.
DENOMINATION: Sicilia D.O.C.
VARIETAL: Nerello Cappuccio 100%
ENOLOGIST / AGRONOMIST: Giandomenico Negro
COLOR: ruby-red, mauve shade
SCENT: iron notes, incense, pepper, cinnamon, plums, carrub
TASTE: ripe plums and sour cherries, black pepper, wild berries, savoury
CHARACTERISTIC OF THE PRODUCTION AREA
PRODUCTION AREA: Biancavilla
VINEYARD SURFACE: 1,5 ha
AGE OF THE VINEYARD: 1970
EXPOSITION: South ALTITUDE: 900 mt
SOIL COMPOSITION: Biancavilla, Contrada Manzudda.
YIELD PER HA: 6.000 kg
VINIFICATION: soft destemming-crushing with rollers after a careful selection of the grapes in the vineyard and on the sorting belt in the cellar
PRE-MACERATION: cold pre-maceration for 48-72 hours at 12 ° c to extract perfumes and color
FERMENTATION: fermentation with controlled temperature maceration in stainless steel tanks
MACERATION ON THE PEELS: 5-7 days
AGING: aging in bottle for at least 12 months
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 6.000
Vintage 2009 weather trend
Very humid and rainy spring. Short summer with a heat peak in late July. Humid and chilled autumn with a time of fine weather between late September and mid-October; second half of September with an uncommon rainfall.
Vintage 2010 weather trend
Vine growing cycle, during blossoming and setting, has a normal course, helped by a great water availability accumulated during autumn-winter period. Ripening and maturation have been excellent. Cause of September rain, harvest has been delayed for few days. Good yield, with great grapes acidity. These vintage wines are fresh and with a good aging potential.
Vintage 2011 weather trend
Ripe and healthy grapes even if slightly unbalanced between sugar and a quite high acidity caused by a long time without rainfall from the mid-time of June until the beginning of harvest. Thanks to
the rainfall of late September, a correct phenolic maturation has been reached. Musts with high sugar levels created rather alcoholic wines with a great aging potential.
Vintage 2012 weather trend
Winter was very rigid with a lot of rainfall until March. The top of the volcano was covered with snow until the beginning of summer, with heavy and late snowfall. Spring was dry and mild, hot summer, just one thunderstorm in July irrigated vineyards giving a source of water that gave a nice vitality and allowed to the vines to stay healthy until September. September was unusual, warmer and drier than average, the same for the first twenty days of October, in fact, we had a late but quiet harvest, with good quality grapes. Wines are sapid with very mellow tannins. Positive harvest in 2012.
Vintage 2013 weather trend
Dry Spring followed by long a not so hot summer. A lot of rainfall in August and September, maturation was slow and gradual having good quality grapes with an interesting flavor profile. September was very cold followed by October with the good and dry weather, nice harvest with healthy grapes.
Vintage 2014 weather trend
Nice weather during all the season: the spring rainfalls combined by precipitations at the beginning of the summer created a good water source for vine growing cycle. Summer temperatures in seasonal average, without heat peaks, allowed a perfect vegetation on the vines. An “Etna style” vintage with rainfalls in early September that guaranteed great quality followed by a sunny October that allowed to make a harvest with healthy and ripened grapes with a great phenolic maturation of Nerelli. The harvest of Carricante was between 15th and 26th October, followed by Nerello Mascalese harvest.
Vintage 2015 weather trend
Harsh winter with a lot of rainfalls, the accumulation of water allowed a good vegetative development and a great blossoming. Heavy rains in the middle of August invigorated the vineyard, creating a good water source and vitality for the vineyard. Alternating moments of little rainfalls and warm weeks at the beginning of September guaranteed dry and ripened grapes. A great harvest fable to give wines with a good aging potential and complexity.
Vintage 2016 weather trend
Not harsh winter with few rainfall and snowfall until February. A lot of rainfall and temperature under the average in March. Early sprout in April with the temperature above the average during the day and cold during the night. Hot weather helps the grass growing; it is necessary an hard hand work to control them. At the end of April vineyard are good and healthy, shoots are more developed than the average.
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