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.
The vineyards for this wine are located in the area around Menfi on the south-western coast of Sicily. Vines grow on south–west facing hills at 100-250 metres above sea level on sandy soil. Vines are Guyot trained and planted at a density of 4,000-4,500 plants per hectare.
The 2017 harvest was characterised by extremely high temperatures, 40/42°C was recorded in the first week of August. The rest of the month saw milder temperatures that allowed for perfect ripening conditions for the grapes. Harvest took place seven days earlier than usual.
The grapes were hand harvested at the end of August. Once at the winery, they were crushed and softly pressed. After maceration for four to six days, the must was fermented in temperature controlled stainless-steel tanks at 25-18°C. The wine was kept for three months at 10°C in stainless-steel tanks before bottling four months before release.
The wine has an intense ruby-red colour with purple hues. On the nose, it has intense and elegant aromas of red mulberries and plums with aromatic notes of rosemary and sage. On the palate it is young and lively, with soft tannins.
|Grape varieties||100% Petit Verdot|
|Winemaker||Domenico De Gregorio|
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