NAME’S ORIGIN: type of grapes.
DENOMINATION: DOC Sicilia.
LOCATION: Contrada Malvello/Torrazza, Corleone (PA).
YIELD PER HECTARE: 9 tonnes per ha.
VINE DENSITY: 4.250 plants per ha.
SOIL QUALITY: medium-textured, rich in clay, gravel and minerals.
ELEVATION: 300 m a.s.l.
TRAINING SYSTEM: vertical trellises.
PRUNING: spur-trained cordons.
BOTTLES PRODUCED: 20.000.
GRAPE BLEND: Merlot – Nero d’Avola
HARVEST: manual; August and September.
VINIFICATION: grapes are sorted by hand before they are destemmed and lightly pressed.Early natural fermentation using the grapes; own wild yeast, maceration with the aid of marc presses and delestage fermentation to best preserve the primary character of the grapes.
AGEING: in French oak barriques for 12 months, new, a second or third ageing depending on vintage. In bottle for 24 months.
TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.35 g/L.
COLOUR: a clear and vivid ruby red.
AROMA: Intense, fine and complex. Fruity (red berries, raspberry, cranberry and blackberry) with final spicy aromas of vanilla and liquorice.
FLAVOUR AND TEXTURE: Ready and harmonious, warm, fairly sapid, complex and lingering. Strong-bodied, with enveloping tannins.
FOOD PAIRINGS: Aged cheeses, roast lamb, Sicilian “pasta alla Norma”.
IDEAL SERVING TEMPERATURE: 18°.