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From one of Sicily’s greatest wineries comes this outstanding Etna Rosso, a benchmark example of this style, from the hillside vineyards of Mount Etna. Super refined, with small red fruit flavour and great complexity. Read More
From one of Sicily’s greatest wineries comes this outstanding Etna Rosso, a benchmark example of this style, from the hillside vineyards of Mount Etna. Super refined, with small red fruit flavour and great complexity.
An iconic estate, Benanti are in part responsible for the growing popularity of the Etnean wines. Their aim is to express this distinctive terroir through Etna’s unique indigenous varieties, producing wines of typicity, longevity and character. Benanti Etna Rosso 2018 is their flagship wine, it is made from a blend of 80% Nerello Mascalese and 20% Nerello Cappuccio grapes from organic farmed vineyards. The vines grow high on the northern slopes of the volcano on mineral rich, volcanic soils. The Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio grapes are vinified separately in stainless steel tanks, using indigenous yeasts (as with all their wines), with a short maceration period. About 20% of the Nerello Mascalese is matured in French oak barriques for around 8 to 10 months, with the remaining Nerello Masacalese and the Nerello Cappuccio maturing in stainless steel. Followed by at least 3 months of refinement in bottle before release.
Volcanic wines have become all the rage and no wonder, with such terroir driven, distinctive styles, which really show sense of place such as this. This Etna Rosso is a real delight to drink and super versatile when it comes to food pairing. Elegant, generous, ripe, with a soft touch of vanilla from the barrique ageing, abundant in juicy red fruit. Enjoy with lean red meats, oily fish such as tuna and mackerel, mature cheeses and Mediterranean vegetables such as tomato, aubergine and peppers.
Benanti is one of Sicily’s most iconic estates, with a reputation as a pioneering producer of wines from Mount Etna who have set an incredibly high standard for the area. Etna is located on the eastern coast of Sicily, this fascinating sub region, with its wild landscape and volcanic soils, produce some of the most interesting, most distinctive and sought-after wines of the island.
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