Nume Cabernet from top Etna producer Cottanera, a pioneering winemaker, one of the most extraordinary producers in Italian enology today. This is a wine made from grapes grown at high altitude, on rich, volcanic lands. It is a fine, exclusive and well-balanced red wine.
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|Classification||IGT Sicilia Cabernet|
|Wine style||Dry red wine|
|Grapes||85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc|
|Maturation||12-14 months in French oak barrels (50% new). Followed by 16 months in the bottle.|
|Bouquet||Hints of undergrowth, blackberries and currants in particular, linked to varietal notes of chocolate and tobacco.|
|Taste||A trace of officinal herbs opens to a soft, wide and enveloping taste, well supported by a dense tannic texture, with a finish of ripe red fruit.|
|Pairs with||Red meat, game, tasty roasts or seasoned cheeses. Serve at 16-18 C.|
|Alcohol||13,5 % vol.|
The Cottanera production philosophy is to create an enterprise model which brings tradition and innovation together in the vineyards, as well as the winery. In the vineyards grapes are grown without an irrigation system and nearly all operations are carried out by hand. On the 65 hectares of vineyards both autochthonous and international varieties are grown. The land is unique and gives rise to an extreme diversity of vines.
The vines for the Nume red wine have an age of 15-20 years and grow at an altitude of 720-750 metres in Cottanera’s lava-clayey and lavic vineyards in Contrada Cottanera and Contrada Feudo di Mezzo on the Northern slopes of Mount Etna near Castiglione di Sicilia.
The grapes were harvested manually and carefully sorted. Following a gentle destemming and maceration on the skins for 25 days the fermentation was done at controlled temperature with constant pumping of must over grapes and wine-pressing followed by the malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels. The refining of the wine lasted 12-14 months in medium-heavy toasted French oak barrels (50% new), followed by 16 months ageing in the bottle.
Longevity 5-10 years.