Il Tascante

A wine-producing area of Sicily that is unlike any other in the collective imagination, wines weak in colour, with an extremely rich tannic structure and unique aromatic intensity. Black terrain, dry stone walls in lava stone, Tascante is our definitive point of view on Nerello Mascalese, from the oldest vines of the estate.

 
 
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Il Tascante
Il Tascante
Grapes:
Nerello Mascalese.
Appellation:
Sicilia D.O.C.
Production area:
North slopes of Etna volcano, contradas Sciaranova and Boccadorzo, Randazzo near Catania, Sicily.
Soil:
Terraces on volcanic sediments.
Age of vineyard:
1960.
Altitude of vineyards:
750 m a.s.l.
Vineyard exposure:
North.
Training system:
Espalier.
Pruning system:
Spurred Cord.
Vines per Ha:
4,500.
Yield per Ha:
2.7 t.
Harvest period:
October 26th 2010.
Weather conditions:
Cold and very rainy winter, cool spring, hot and rainy summer. Temperature excursions below the average during grapes ripening.
Production method:
Traditional in red.
Fermentation temperature:
25/30°C.
Maceration:
8 days.
Malolactic fermentation:
Totally developed.
Ageing:
18 months in Slavonian oak casks of 3 and 6 tons.
Alcohol content:
13.50% Vol.
Wine analytical data:
pH 3.55 - TA 5.60 g/l - RS 2.00 g/l - TE 26.80 g/l.
 
 

Colour:

Brilliant, light ruby red.

Bouquet:

Intense floral scents and specifically wisteria and red fruits.

Taste:

Strong personality and long persistency, bright tanning leave a pleasant after taste.
Year
What
Where
Award
Vintage
2016
James Suckling
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93 points
2012
Year
What
Where
Award
Vintage
2016
I Vini di Veronelli
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Tre Stelle
2012
Year
What
Where
Award
Vintage
2016
Robert Parker
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93 points
2011
Year
What
Where
Award
Vintage
2016
Robert Parker
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90 points
2012
Year
What
Where
Award
Vintage
2015
James Suckling
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94 points
2010
Year
What
Where
Award
Vintage
2015
I Vini di Veronelli
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Super Tre Stelle
2012
Year
What
Where
Award
Vintage
2015
Wine Advocate
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93 points
2011
Year
What
Where
Award
Vintage
2013
Robert Parker
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93 / 100
2009
Year
What
Where
Award
Vintage
2013
Touring Editore - Vini Buoni d'Italia
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Corona
2010
Year
What
Where
Award
Vintage
2012
Vini Buoni d'Italia
-
Corona
2009
 
 

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.