DALLA PUNTA PIÙ ESTREMA DELLA SICILIA - The Nero d'Avola “cru”, from the three best single estate parcels rigorously bush trained. It comes from an organic viticolture combined with a sartorial work to best express the biodiversities of these three parcels. Naturally fermented and unfiltered.
Winery location: Noto, Sicilia
Grape varieties: Nero d'Avola
Total acidity: 6.30‰
Vineyards location: 3 parcels (Piscina, Sopra Navel, Mandorleto) 95-130 m (310-425 ft) a.s.l.; S/E exposure
Soil: Medium texture, calcareous and mineral with a good rocky structure
Vineyards age: 9 - 14 years
Training system: Head-pruned bush vines - Organic agricolture (in conversion)
Nr. of vines per hectare: 5.500 plants
Harvest: Hand picked from September 9th
Vinification: Natural fermentation in small stainless steel tanks without any addition of yeast or temperature control
Period of maceration: 30 days
Ageing: Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in oak - Over 16 months in 500 lt Tonneaux (medium toasting - 50% new)
Finissage: Over 4 months in concrete tanks - Unfiltered
Bottling: December 2019
Available on the market: November 2020
Production: 13800 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt
First vintage: 2006
Ageing potential: Over 20 years
Key descriptors: Intense, pronounced spices and fruit flavors, powerful and elegant texture
This vintage was characterised by a severe drought. In winter the temperatures were in line with the period, with a vigorous growth in March.
Summer was one of the hottest in the last ten years, with temperature peaks reaching 43 ° C several times between June and July. In the third decade of August, surprisingly, abundant rainfalls restored the balance of the vintage; however, the harvest was brought forward 10 days for the white grapes.
This climatic trend, with warm temperatures during the day and cool ones at night, promoted the health situation of the grape and bunches, which featured a thick skin. The result is good and confirms the trend of the previous years, with acid wines rich in colouring substances.
Beginning of the harvest: 16 August
End of the harvest: 2 October
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 225 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4,188°C
Evaluation: Very good