A wine-producing area of Sicily that is unlike any other in the collective imagination, a territory with powerful energy, the grape variety that represents the Volcano. Wines weak in colour, with an extremely rich tannic structure and unique aromatic intensity. Black terrain, dry stone walls in lava stone, biodiversity in the forests of chestnut and oak, hardened lava from various eras. Tascante is our point of view on Nerello Mascalese, from the oldest vines of the Contrada Sciaranova estate, located on the north-east slopes of the volcano. The year 2011 was characterized by good rainfall, especially in spring, and a hot summer – the optimum climate for the maturation of the grapes. Aged more than 18 months in 30 hl oak barrels.
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.