Contrada Dafara Galluzzo
Etna D.O.C. Rosso
On the mountain.
Vineyards Contrada Dafara Galluzzo, on the North slope of Mount Etna, within the territory of Rovittello, Castiglione di Sicilia (CT). This contrada is historically extremely suited to grow Nerello Mascalese. Elevation: 750 m a.s.l. / 2,500 ft a.s.l.
In the vineyard.
Terraced vineyard of Nerello Mascalese with a North-facing aspect. Vines are planted in sandy, volcanic soil, rich in minerals, with sub-acid reaction. The plants are mostly young, all trained in alberello, with a planting density of about 8,000 vinestocks per hectare and a yield of approximately 6,500 kg/ha. The mountain climate is humid, rainy and at times snowy in the colder season, with good ventilation and very significant swings between day and evening temperatures.
In the cellar.
Following the manual harvest in late October, the grapes are fully de-stemmed in the cellar, where fermentation with maceration takes place in stainless steel at a controlled temperature over approximately 21 days, using only indigenous Etna yeasts selected by the winery after a long direct experimentation. The wine matures in French oak tonneaux for 12 months and then in stainless steel and then it spends about 10 months in the bottles before it is released.
In the glass.
The color is an inviting ruby. The nose is fine, heady, spicy, with measures of red fruit. The palate is dry, medium-bodied, structured, persistent and harmonious.
Serving temperature: 18 – 19°C
At the table.
A versatile wine particularly suitable for red meats, game and aged cheeses.