Serra della Contessa a unique red wine from the famous Benanti winery on Mount Etna - a wine made mainly from Nerello Mascalese grapes from 100+ years old pre-phylloxera vines growing in the sandy volcanic soil rich in minerals on the eastern slopes of the volcano. It has an intense bouquet with hints of wild berries and noble wood, the taste is full-body, harmonic, mineral and persistent.
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|Classification||Etna Rosso Riserva D.O.C.|
|Wine style||Dry red wine|
|Grapes||Nerello Mascalese 85%, Nerello Cappuccio 15%|
|Maturation||In large French oak barrels for at least 24 months. Refining In the bottle for 12 months.|
|Bouquet||Ethereal, intense with hints of wild berries, spice and noble wood.|
|Taste||Full-body, harmonic, mineral, considerably persistent and reasonably tannic.|
|Pairs with||Ideal with game, red meat and mature cheeses. Serving temperature 18 - 19 °C|
The Benanti family has been instrumental in Etna’s viticulture throughout history, contributing first hand to its evolution based on an innovative vision with the goal of producing excellent wines. At the end of the nineteenth century Giuseppe Benanti began producing wine from local Etna grapes. Since those first vintages, generations of the family have been making wine on the volcano, and have transformed a passion into mastery for enhancing the peculiarities of indigenous vines in a territory that is indomitable and diverse. The research and creation of authentic wines, capable of celebrating the Etna terroir in its various expressions, have become a distinctive feature of our production.
After almost twenty years of experience vinifying the red wine Etna Rosso Serra della Contessa, in 2015 Benanti decided to aim for new heights by focusing exclusively on the small, pre-phylloxera portion of the vineyard and extending the wine’s vinification, maturation and refining period to 60 months, thereby creating this new, exclusive Etna Rosso Riserva produced in a very limited quantity.