Palmento Rosso, Vino di Anna, 2019 (1.5L)
Taken from Eric/Anna:
Made in a small, centuries-old traditional traditional Etnean wine vinification building called a Palmento, this wine is made predominantly from organically grown Nerello Mascalese grapes. The vineyards are growing on volcanic soils, located on the northern face of Mt Etna and are 40-60 year old bush vines. As is tradition in the area, they have all been co-planted with small quantities of Nerello Cappuccio (2%), Alicante (Grenache) (3%) and indigenous white grapes; Grecanicao, Minella Bianca and Catarratto (5% in total).
All the fruit was hand harvested at the same time and brought to the Palmento in Solicchiata. The harvest took place during the last few days of September and the first week of October. 50% of the grapes were de-stemmed by hand, the rest remained as whole bunches. The grapes were macerated for four-five days, being foot trodden several times. The fermenting must was then pressed and continued fermenting in stainless steel, used oak casks and Georgian qvevris (amphorae) to dryness. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation spontaneously. After six months on fine lees the wine was blended and then bottled in June 2020 without fining or filtering.
Vibrant ruby red in colour, this wine has attractive cherry and wild strawberries aromas. The palate is dry, fresh and lively. It has red fruit flavours, juicy tannins and an underlying minerality from the volcanic soils.
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