`Costadune` Nero d’Avola

Sicily

Mandrarossa

First produced in 1999, the Mandrarossa wines come from a selection of the...

best sites from Cantine Settesoli’s 6,000 hectares of vineyard, situated in southwestern Sicily and planted with 32 different grape varieties. This range was conceived after the diverse soils of the vineyards were mapped, enabling the winemakers to focus on what were then ranked their best sites. Under the leadership of co-operative president Giuseppe Bursi, consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini has sought to improve viticulture, which in turn has resulted in better wines. Working with soil specialist Pedro Parra and head winemaker Mimmo De Gregorio, Alberto has selected 500 hectares of vineyard for the production of the Mandrarossa wines. These vineyards are situated close to the sea, where intense sunlight, moderating sea breezes, mild temperatures, multiple elevations and a myriad of different soil types combine to give the sort of grapes that Mimmo and Alberto are looking for.

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Vineyards

The vineyards for this wine are located in the area around Menfi on the south-western coast of Sicily. Vines grow on south and south–west facing hills at 100-400 metres above sea level on limestone soil. Vines are Guyot trained and planted at a density of 4,000-4,500 plants per hectare.

Vintage Information

The 2018 vintage started with rainy and mild autumn and winter. Springtime saw rainfalls above average for the Menfi area. Summer was mild with lower-than-average temperature. These conditions allowed for a longer vegetative growth period for the vines and resulted in more mature fruit. The alcoholic levels in the final wines are 1% lower than average, and the wines are fresher and more aromatic.

Vinification

The grapes were hand harvested at the beginning of September. After being crushed and destemmed, the grapes were fermented in stainless-steel tanks at 22-25°C with eight to 10 days of skin contact. The wine was then aged for three months in stainless-steel tanks at 10°C and another three months in the bottle before release.

Tasting Notes

This wine is medium ruby red in colour with purple hints. On the nose, it has aromas of black cherries, plums and red berries. The palate is velvety with intense fruit flavours of plums and red berries.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2018
Grape varieties 100% Nero d`Avola
Region Sicily
Winemaker Domenico De Gregorio
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5.8g/l
Residual Sugar 2.95g/l
Wine pH 3.4