Its name is identical to that of the winery in Art Nouveau style – La Monaca is a selection of the best Syrah grapes of the Estate. It is the Sicilian expression of a variety that in the Camporeale hills running through the Jato Valley has found an ideal place to grow. Deep black Mediterranean notes are intertwined with a freshness typical of quite different latitudes.
Some say that the Syrah variety originates from the Persian city of Shiraz, others from Syracuse in Sicily, or from Piedmont; its adoptive land became the southern Rhone valley and adjoining regions. At the moment it is cultivated all over the world and is particularly widespread in the warmer regions of the New World. For ten years now it has attained a place of honour between the elite of wines, thanks to its characteristics of high concentration, smoothness, and tannic density, often polished and refined by ageing in wooden barrels. The bunch is elongated, and not very compact; the grapes are medium-sized and oval; the skin is very pruinose, blue in colour, sweet and sapid. It is recognized for its spicy taste, the scent of blackberries and plums, often accompanied by traces of liquorice, bitter chocolate and coffee.