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Tenute Nicosia - Contrade dell’Etna

The Nicosia “cru” wines of Etna come from the Monte Gorna and Monte San Nicolò estates, both located in the Trecastagni area, very close to the wine cellar. Two red wines and two white wines that authentically represent the great variety of expressions that the terroir and native vines of Etna can offer. These DOC wines are the demonstration that on the volcano each slope, each area, each vineyard can produce wines with different characteristics, giving unique and unrepeatable sensations.

Contrade dell’Etna

Etna Rosso Monte San Nicolò

DOC Etna

Made from native Nerello Mascalese grapes grown with the ancient vine-training system called “alberello” on the South-eastern slopes of Etna volcano (at about 550-600 m a.s.l.) in Monte San Nicolò area, this red wine has a great character and a high aromatic concentration. Notes of red fruit, currant, cherry under spirit and sweet spices. On the palate it reveals smooth tannins and a warm, juicy taste, with a good structure, well-balance and long persistence.

Grape varieties: Nerello Mascalese 100%

Vineyards: the soil is volcanic, very rich in minerals; the composition of the eruptive materials gave life to composite soils, often made up by red pumice stone; training system: alberello-trained system

Raccolta: by hand into crates, in the mid-end of October

Fermentation: for approximately 10-15 days at a controlled temperature (24-26°C)

Ageing: Mainly in stainless steel vats, 50% of the wine stays 5-6 months in barrique and 3-4 months in tonneaux; the ageing is completed by a stay of 6 months in the bottle

Alcohol content: 13% vol.

Colour: lively ruby red

Nose: intense and complex with notes of red fruit, currant, cherry under spirit and sweet spices

Palate: well-structured with smooth tannins and a warm, harmonious and juicy taste

Food Pairings: pasta dishes with ragout, game, cold cuts and mature cheese

Serving temperature: 16-18°C

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