The Contrada “R“ Rampante 2008 Terre Siciliane from the famous Passopisciaro Winery. A powerful elegant single vineyard red wine made from the classic Etna grape Nerello Mascalese – from vines growing at high altitudes on the northern slopes of Mount Etna.
A lovely mature red wine.
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|Wine style||Dry red wine|
|Maturation||18 months aging in large oak barrels.|
|Pairs with||It matches perfectly with red and grilled meats. Serving temperature 18-20 C|
Passopisciaro produces six different wines with nerello mascalese, the native grape to Mt. Etna, in order to showcase the profound differences in the terroir – lava flow, aspect, and altitude – of the various contrade (vineyards). The vines are all between 70-100 years old, and the nerello harvest typically occurs at the end of October/early November. The wines undergo fermentation in stainless steel tanks, followed by malolactic fermentation and 18 months aging in large neutral oak barrels; this minimal intervention approach to winemaking allows the differences in terroir to come forward.
Contrada Rampante is located at an altitude of 1,000 m. At the highest confines of viticulture on the northern side of Etna, Rampante is an ancient contrada, producing one of the volcano’s finest and most aromatic wines because of the sandy character that the lava has acquired. Due to the altitude, it is typically the last contrada to ripen.
Colour: Ruby red.
Bouquet: The nose is intense, fruity and floral with a mineral touch, notes of violet, herbs and cherry.
Taste: The palate is elegant and fresh, with well-integrated tannins and a very persistent finish.