Sole di Sesta Syrah 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 an appealing red wine, full-bodied and well-balanced.
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|Alcohol||13,5 % vol.|
|Wine style||Dry red wine|
|Pairs with||Pasta dishes, pizza, tasty meat dishes and medium aged cheeses. Serve at 16-18 C.|
|Bouquet||Wide notes of sweet fruit, with fresh nuances of the Mediterranean blending well with hints of spice, such as chocolate and black pepper.|
|Taste||An appealing wine, fullbody, well-balanced, warm, solar, rich in noble tannins well supported by good acidity. Excellent, long persistent aftertaste.|
|Maturation||Maturation 12 months in medium heavy toasted French oak barrels (45% new). Followed by 18 months ageing in the bottles.|
|Classification||DOC Sicilia Syrah|
The Cottonera 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 Sole di Sesta red wine have an age of 18 years and grow at an altitude of 750 metres in Cottanera’s lavic soil 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 20-25 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 months in medium-heavy toasted French oak barrels (45% new), followed by 18 months ageing in the bottle.
Longevity 5-10 years.