50% Alicante Bouschet 50% Syrah/Shiraz
£ 8.45, 75 cl
Ruby red in colour, this wine opens with floral notes of violet and red fruit. On the palate, it is soft and round with a persistent finish.
The vineyards are located in the Menfi area at altitudes of 200-250 metres above sea level. The 95 hectares of vineyard have a north-western exposure and the soil consists of clay, sand and limestone.
After being crushed and destemmed, the grapes were macerated in stainless-steel tanks for 8-10 days at 18-22°C. Ageing took place in stainless-steel tanks for about three months.
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.