Alnus is the wine dedicated to hundreds of generations of Etna winemakers. The initial idea was to produce a rosé. Difficult and reductive, however, to frame it under this category. It is fresh and sharp as a white, and at the same time broad and reassuring, as only a good Etnean red can be. A few miglaia of bottles: too few for a rosé that is not rosé.
Nerello Mascalese (80%), Nerello Cappuccio.
Contrada Moganazzi Cantina, Castiglione di Sicilia, northern slope of Etna
TYPE OF CULTIVATION:
Sapling, 7,000 vines per hectare.
AGE OF THE VINEYARDS:
700 m asl
TYPE OF TERRAIN:
Sandy, volcanic, very mineral-rich, subacid-reacting.
The grapes are hand-picked, carefully sorted and placed in low crates to be brought intact to the winery, where they are pressed whole with soft pressing of the bunch using the ancient “pista e mutta” method, that is, pressing and immediate separation of the must from the skins. Fermentation of the must takes place at a temperature of 20-25°.
Color: rosé with slight ruby highlights. Smell: floral with fresh hints of strawberry and raspberry. Aromas: dry, harmonious, pleasant, pleasantly sour and spicy.