Ghiaia Nera

Ninety-eight terraces surrounded by chestnut and oak forests, biodiversity that determines the character of the wines here. Our interpretation of Nerello Mascalese from young vineyards, between the districts of Sciaranova and Piano Dario,on the north-east slopes of the volcano.Soft tannins, good drinkability and freshness. It matures in 60 hl oak barrels for 12 months.

 
 
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Ghiaia Nera
Ghiaia Nera
Grapes:
Nerello Mascalese.
Appellation:
Sicilia I.G.T.
Production area:
North slope of Etna vulcano, contrade (district) Sciaranova and Allegracore - Randazzo - Catania - Sicilia.
Soil:
Terraces on volcanic sediments.
Age of vineyard:
2004/2007.
Altitude of vineyards:
600 meter a.s.l.
Vineyard exposure:
North.
Training system:
Espalier.
Pruning system:
Spurred Cordon.
Vines per Ha:
4,500 as average.
Yield per Ha:
50 ql as average.
Harvest period:
4th -11st October.
Weather conditions:
Rainy Winter, warm Spring, cool and dry Summer. Temperature range below average during ripening of grapes.
Production method:
Traditional in red.
Fermentation temperature:
25/30°C.
Maceration:
6 days.
Malolactic fermentation:
Totally run.
Ageing:
In oak casks of 60 Hl for 12 months.
Alcohol content:
13.50% Vol.
Wine analytical data:
pH 3.35 - TA 5.50 g/l - RS 3.30 g/l - TE 30.40 g/l.
 
 

Colour:

Bright, light pale ruby red.

Bouquet:

Intense floral scents and typically of wisteria, red berries.

Taste:

Good persistence, soft tannins that leave a pleasant after taste.

Serving temperature:

18°C.
Year
What
Where
Award
Vintage
2015
James Suckling
-
91 points
2012
Year
What
Where
Award
Vintage
2014
James Suckling
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91 score
2011
Year
What
Where
Award
Vintage
2013
Robert Parker
-
90 / 100
2010
Year
What
Where
Award
Vintage
2013
Radici del Sud
-
Primo classificato
2010
 
 

NERELLO MASCALESE

NERELLO MASCALESE

This red variety is associated above all with the volcanic soils of Etna, where it has been planted for over a century. A generous strain, yielding as many as 14 kilos per plant, its grapes are used to make both reds and rosés. The clusters are generally conic-cylindrical, often approaching a pyramid shape, and winged; the reddish-grey berries are tightly packed, bloom-covered, and of medium size.