`Desertico` Syrah



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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The vineyards for this wine are located in the area around Menfi on the south-western coast of Sicily. Vines grow on hills facing south and south–west at 150-400 metres above sea level on clay and medium textured soils. 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.


Grapes were hand harvested in mid-August. Once at the winery, berries were crushed and softly pressed and macerated for eight to 10 days. After maceration, the must was fermented in temperature controlled stainless-steel tanks at 22-25°C. The wine was kept for three months at 10°C in stainless-steel tanks before bottling three months before release.

Tasting Notes

The wine has an intense ruby-red colour with purple shades. On the nose, it is floral and fruity with hints of figs, elderflower and lavender. On the palate it is velvety, with hints of ripe red fruit.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2018
Grape varieties 100% Syrah/Shiraz
Region Sicily
Winemaker Domenico De Gregorio
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5.5g/l
Residual Sugar 2.2g/l
Wine pH 3.55