`Rupenera` Merlot

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

Vineyards for this wine are located in the Menfi ares, on the south-western coast of Sicily. The vines grow on south-facing hills at 150-250 metres above sea level. Soils are clayey and medium textured. Vines are Guyot trained and planted at a density of 4,200-4,500 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

Grapes were hand harvested in mid-August.Once at the winery, the fruits were fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 22-25°C. The skins were macerated for eight to 10 days during fermentation. Ageing took place in temperature controlled stainless-steel tanks for three months at 10 °C. The wine was bottled three months before release.

Tasting Notes

This wine is ruby-red in colour with purple hues. On the nose, it has intense aromas of plum, quince jelly and rosemary. On the palate it is savoury and round, with flavours of plum, herbal notes and a hint of liquorice.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2018
Grape varieties 100% Merlot
Region Sicily
Winemaker Domenico De Gregorio
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5.55g/l
Residual Sugar 2.8g/l
Wine pH 3.52