Nerello Mascalese 'Pietre a Purtedda da Ginestra Rosso', Centopassi

Type: Red Wine
Style: Earthy & Savoury
Vintage: 2017
Grape Variety: Nerello Mascalese
ABV: 15.0%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Pairing Notes
Red Meat
Wine Notes
Now - 5 Yrs
Flavours Green Bell Pepper, Red Cherry, Steel
About the wine

A stunning organic, single vineyard, Sicilian Nerello Mascalese from social cooperative Centopassi. Complex and expressive with black cherry, wild strawberries and plum notes. Dense yet elegant with great tension and soft tannins. Centopassi is the winemaking arm of the Libera Terra organisation, they work on confiscated mafia land in Western Sicily, an incredible cause which offers legal work to locals in a mafia-free environment alongside health and welfare benefits. We are proud to support their amazing work, producing some of the most exemplary wines of the area.

Centopassi Nerello Mascalese Nocera Pietre a Purtedda da Ginestra Rosso (quite a mouthful, we tend to just call it Purtedda!) is made from 100% Nerello Mascalese grapes, picked from their organically farmed Portella della Ginestra vineyard. An isolated single plot, at an astonishing high altitude of around 950 (!) meters above sea level. The Nerello Mascalese grapes are hand-harvested and upon arrival at the winery de-stemmed. A short maceration of around 12 days extracts the desire, delicated flavours and fermentation itakes place in stainless steel tanks. The resulting wine is matured in a combination of used and new oak for 18 months, giving the wine a round texture and adding some subtle spice notes, this is followed by six months in bottle before release.

About the wine

This organic Italian Nerello Mascalese wine goes brilliantly with grilled red meats or stews and vegetarian dishes based around wild mushrooms or smoky aubergine.