Etna is today universally recognized as the Sicilian wine-growing area of excellence. A lava habitat expanding at high altitude characterized by an extraordinary mineral wealth and biodiversity. In this context, vineyards winegrown in terraces, interspersed with lava skiing, have succeeded each other since ancient times, creating a unique terroir that promotes particular longevity to the vines. There are rare exceptions that include ultra-centenary ungrafted vines that have survived phylloxera invasion.
After some technical microvinifications, an important step had been made in 2013, involving major research institutes to proceed with analyzes aimed at verifying and certifying what from a first analysis seemed evident: a 150 year olf ungrafted vineyard, planted before the arrival of phylloxera on the volcano.
Specifically, the CNR proceeded to analyze the genotype of these plants, through careful mapping of the DNA. The University of Palermo has had the task of dating a considerable sample of these plants, setting the age at an age of about 150 years.
A single vineyard that magnified Etna’s enology. Unique style, with emblematic aromatic complexity, the perfect maturity of this wine reflects the authenticity of Nerello Mascalese. Bright ruby color, the nose reveals a remarkable personality: decisive, vertical, it expresses a corollary of undergrowth fragrances, red fruits and a seductive spice wrapped in fine balsamic notes. In the mouth it is soft and powerful, supported by a good persistence that turns to tertiary notes, giving sensations of small red fruit combined with a very pleasant freshness.