Terre Nere Estate Etna Rosso Prephylloxera 2021
In Calderara Sottana, opposite and to the right of the winery, in a vineyard of about four hectares there are two plots that survived phylloxera. Therefore, they are about 130-140 years old, and they are foot free. In 2006 they decided to vinify the grapes separately. The vintage was splendid, almost monumental. These grapes gave a wine of almost supernatural finesse. Although the adjoining vineyards produced a beautiful wine of very similar character, the prefillosseric vines seemed to graze on heavenly soils: the quintessence of Calderara. He is more timid and wants more patience. His elegance is always measured, his authority gentle, his refinement graceful. A magnificent wine. Allow the wine to grow along with the dinner it accompanies.
Name: Etna Rosso D.O.C.
Production area: Municipality of Randazzo.
Grapes: Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio.
Vineyard extension: 1 hectare.
Production: Less than 50 quintals per hectare.
Soil: volcanic, pumice stone mixed with basalt, ash trace.
Age of vineyards: 130 to 140 years.
Annual production: 6,500 bottles.
Denomination: Etna Rosso D.O.C.
First vintage produced: 2006
Production area: contrada Calderara, municipality of Randazzo (Catania)
Grape varieties: 98% Nerello mascalese, 2% Nerello cappuccio
Vineyard area: 1 ha
Yield per hectare: 3-3.5 tons/ha
Soil characteristics: volcanic, shallow, very rich in skeleton, traces of ash
Exposure: north slope of Etna at 600 meters above sea level.
Average age of vines: vines predating phylloxera attack in late 1800s
Breeding: traditional Etnean sapling converted to espalier
Harvest period: first decade of October
Vinification: temperature-controlled alcoholic fermentation (28-30°C)
Aging: spontaneous malolactic fermentation and maturation in barriques and tonneaux of
French oak (30% new wood).
Bottling after 16-18 months of aging in wood and 1 month of refining
Appearance: deep ruby with mahogany highlights
Nose: complex, notes of wild flowers, red fruits and noble spices
Taste: concentrated, but harmonious and elegant at the same time, with infinite flavor length
Food pairings: Red meats, game, aged cheeses
Recommended serving temperature: 18-20° C
Alcohol content: 14.5 percent
Annual production: 6,500 bottles (0.75 l)