50% Alicante Bouschet 50% Syrah/Shiraz
£ 8.45, 75 cl
Intense straw yellow in the glass, this Catarratto displays beautiful notes of peach, apricot and grapefruit on the nose. On the palate, it is fresh with delicate acidity, persistent fruit flavours and a crisp finish.
The vineyards are located in the Menfi area at an altitude of 220 metres above sea level. The 95 hectares of vineyard have a north-west exposure and the soil consists of clay, sand and limestone. The vines are trained with the Guyot system.
On arrival at the winery, the grapes were crushed, destemmed and pressed using a soft press. Fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks at 18-22°C and lasted 8-10 days. The wine was then aged in stainless-steel tanks for about three months prior to bottling.
These wines are produced for us at Cantine Settesoli, the same winery where the Mandrarossa wines are made. Situated in southwestern Sicily, near the town of Menfi, the co-operative has 2,000 members who between them farm over 5,000 hectares of vineyard. These members are mixed farmers, with many of them also raising livestock or growing other crops like artichokes (the famous carciofi spinosi di Menfi, which are protected by the Slow Food organisation). The work Cantine Settesoli has done to raise the quality of viticulture has ensured a better income for the co-operative members, which in turn means they invest more in the quality of their fruit.