Camastra, enchanted garden plunged in the hearth of Conca d'Oro, entices since centuries its guests for the beauty of its plants.
Here, at the beginning of the twentieth-century, was born the first wine of Tasca d'Almerita, famous all over the world. Today, the blend of Nero d'Avola and Merlot, refined in Troncais and Allier oak barrels, expresses the marriage of tradition and innovation.
Also Merlot originates from the Bordeaux region, where it is more common, in percentage, than Cabernet. It was the first French variety planted on a large scale in our country after the phylloxera epidemic. It was first cultivated in particular in the regions of Veneto, Friuli, and Trentino, and after also in Lombardy, Lazio, and Campania. Merlot has an intense ruby red colour, intense and vinous aromas of red and violet fruit, with ageing the aroma becomes more refined and delicate (of mown hay, vegetables and butter); the palate perceives the alcoholic element distinctly. Despite its robust structure, it is quite smooth even when young, warm, rich and velvet, not very tannic. The varietal is very adaptable to different types of soil and is very productive, two factors that are responsible for its wide diffusion in our country, but the resulting wines have been quite ordinary and uninteresting, they rarely shed their anonymity. In the last few years, Merlot has been re-evaluated, and several producers are committed to make the most of its enormous potential, only cultivating with specific levels of quality in mind, and vinifying purely or together with its traditional partner, Cabernet.
Despite its long history, the Nero d'Avola grape has only become widely known and loved in recent years; now, this native Sicilian variety has reached great heights all over Italy and the world. Passion and dedication lie behind our red monovarietal, starting with the low yields in the vineyard which guarantee a high-quality vintage of notable concentration. By ageing it partly in wood and parly in steel vats, we can supplement the fresh fruity notes of a young wine with elegant spices and liquorice which bode very well for further maturing.