The Contrada “G” Guardiola 2015 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.
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|Classification||Terre Siciliane I.G.T.|
|Wine style||Dry red wine|
|Pairs with||It matches perfectly with red and grilled meats. Serving temperature 15-18 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 ageing in large neutral oak barrels; this minimal intervention approach to winemaking allows the differences in terroir to come forward.
Contrada Guardiola is an ancient domain at between 800 and 1,000 m on the edge of the lava flow from Etna’s 1947 eruption. It produces a deep and complex wine with a rich taste of red fruit.
Colour: Light ruby red
Bouquet: The nose is nicely scented with wild strawberries and red fruits.
Taste: On the palate it is well balanced with excellent acidity and good tannic.
Longevity 10-15 years.