Grapes: 100% Nerello Mascalese
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Vinification: The grapes are harvested by hand in perforated crates between late September and early October, immediately crushed and separated from the stems. The crushed grapes remain in open vats, tonneau and food-grade polyethylene containers, where, at an uncontrolled temperature, alcoholic fermentation begins. No selected yeasts or other oenological products are added. Once fermentation is complete, the wine spends a few more days in contact with the skin.
Ageing: In oak barrels, barriques and tonneaux of fourth and fifth passage, where spontaneous malolactic fermentation takes place. The wine spends further 16 months in wood, 6 of which in contact with the lees. After a period of 6 months in steel, the wine is bottled and released after a further 6 months in the cellar.
Bottles produced: 3,000
Alcohol: 15% abv
Colour: Ruby Red
Nose: Hints of ripe berries, spices and vanilla
Palate: Warm, soft, dry with sweet tannins and a pleasant persistence
- Located in Randazzo, on the northern slope of mount Etna, Enotrio is a Sicilian family affair made up by father Nunzio Puglisi and his two daughters Stefany and Désirée.
With more than 30 years of experience working as agronomist and winemaker in multiple local wineries, Nunzio is one of Etna most regarded wine producers.
The Puglisi Family owns around 4 hectares in total. The area is characterized by a large diurnal range and lower humidity compared to other slopes, factors that, in an hot region like Sicily, are essential to the production of fresher and more aromatic wines.
Nunzio’s lifelong experience along with a great attachment to his “Terra” convinced him to use only organic practices to manage his vineyards.The family uses the same attention and care in the cellar, where only indigenous yeasts are used for fermentation, which is rigorously spontaneous. White wines are aged in stainless steel whereas the reds mature in second or third passage Barriques / Tonneaux for 12 to 24 months depending on the wine. Nunzio’s wines are not filtered, clarified or stabilized as Nunzio is a firm believer that wine must be a true and honest expression of the typicity and uniqueness of its terroir.
The resulting wines are plump, juicy and opulent, with fine acidity, great freshness, lovely balance and excellent fruit concentration. If you have never drunk Etna wines Enotrio’s range is arguably the best place to start!