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SYMBOL OF THE ETNA VOLCANO

SIGNUM ÆTNÆ

SYMBOL OF THE ETNA VOLCANO

SIGNUM ÆTNÆ

THE VOLCANO

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.

SIGNUM ÆTNÆ

Prefillossera and symbol of the volcano

In the heart of the Cavanera Etnea estate, there is a rare and precious treasure: a certified 150 year old pre-phylloxera vineyard, where vines of Nerello Mascalese and other relic varieties still live. Noble creatures, proud sculptures of nature, forged by time, which gave birth to the Signum Aetnae DOC Riserva.

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SURVIVOR OF PHYLLOXERA

Creatures that time has forged bringing them to us, full of history, vital, tenacious, fruitful. They are all on the loose, preceding the same appearance of Phylloxera which arrived in Sicily at the end of the second half of the nineteenth century. Inexhaustible sources of information, transcribed in biological codes of delicate understanding.

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THE VINEYARD CERTIFICATION

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.

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RARE VINES

Unknown genotypes

Grapes are mainly from Nerello Mascalese vine. A further line of analysis, mainly carried out by the CNR, was that of the reconstruction of the vine genome. Thus, it was possible to discover 8 genetic profiles of vines that are currently not reflected in national and international databases.

ENHANCEMENT AND PROTECTION

To protect this historic treasure of Etna botany, Firriato has embarked on another ambitious project: to preserve the germplasm, the DNA of these unknown genotypes and to start enhancement activities through micro-vinifications, to deepen studies on the health and adaptability characteristics of these plants.

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.

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