2014 L'Ottava Isola from Tenuta di Castellaro's Etna vineyard located high on the northern slopes of Mount Etna. An elegant organic full-body Etna Rosso wine.
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|Wine style||Dry red wine|
|Grapes||Nerello Mascalese 80% and Nerello Cappuccio 20%.|
|Pairs with||Red meat, game, tasty roasts or seasoned cheeses. Serve at 16-18 C.|
The Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio vines for the L'Ottava Isola red wine grow in the volcanic soil at an altitude of 700 m. on the northern slopes of Etna near Passopisciaro. A very special terroir with large temperature changes throughout the day and very fertile and rich soil.
The grapes were harvested and sorted manually. This was followed the pressing of whole and de-stemmed grapes. Vinification process in stainless steel tanks without temperature control, long maceration with the grapeskins. The wine was transferred to barrels to allow for malolactic fermentation. After about eight months in the barrels the wine was bottled an left to mature for another 12 months in the bottles.
Colour: Deep ruby red
Bouquet: Red fruit and underbrush aromas with dried flowers and hints of tobacco and liquorice.
Taste: Great balance between the important volcanic structure and the varieties and vinification elegance. Nicely tannic and very persistent.
Longevity 10-15 years.