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.

ALCOHOL: 14%.

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°.