2013 Di Giovanna Nerello Mascalese Sicilia
The Di Giovanna Nerello Mascalese is a more dark and brooding style of the native Sicilian grape that is typically lighter in weight. Thanks to rigorous vineyard work and yields reduced by 50%, the wine is concentrated and intensely mineral. The Nerello Mascalese 100 year old vine cuttings were taken from the town of its origin, Noto, on the Eastern side of Sicily, near Etna. Hand harvested grapes from Paradiso & Miccina vineyards, destemmed & crushed, maceration for 12 days on the skins, temperature controlled. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The Nerello Mascalese was aged in second year French oak barrels for 6 months to impart a silky texture and roundness on the pallet. The wine was aged in bottle for 6 months before release The Di Giovanna family has been cultivating organic vineyards for five generations in western Sicily, just outside the town of Sambuca di Sicilia. Brothers Gunther & Klaus manage the family's 56 hectare estate and winery where their hand crafted wines are made and bottled.