Alberello trained (bush trained) vines are 12-34 years old, and have been planted with a southern exposure at 250 feet elevation, about one mile from the sea. Grape yields are low (about 2.5 tons/acre) to encourage concentration and complexity in the wine. In the spring, the vines are pruned to one bud per plant, and in June/July, a green harvest is performed to eliminate lesser grapes. Twenty days prior to harvest, the vines go through an additional cluster thinning, or a selection of the best grapes in the bunch.

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2018 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2020 vintage was characterized by average climatic conditions in the area. A mild spring and a basically dry summer but with good temperature ranges, optimal conditions for the ripening of aromatic red grapes. The harvest began in mid-August with the white varieties, and continued at the beginning of September with the harvest of the Nero d'Avola grapes. All the grapes have thus reached an ideal sugary, aromatic and phenolic ripeness, with the production of wines of particular fragrance and pleasantness.
Tasting Note
Deep scarlet-red colour, brilliant and intense. The nose reveals decisive scents of redcurrant and blackberry, followed by spicy and balsamic hints of black pepper and eucalyptus. Its main characteristic is its pleasantness, which combines elegance and persistence.
Food Pairing
Pairs well with full flavor meats, games and roasts.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Nero d'Avola
APPELLATION: Nero D'avola Sicilia DOP
PH: 3.42
ACIDITY: 5.9 g/l
ABV: 14%
AGING: Aged in stainless steel tanks
Unique Selling Points
  • Carefully pruned vines and the best selection of grapes highlight the distinct characteristics of the indigenous Nero d’Avola in the region for which it’s best suited.
  • This flavorful, zesty wine is easy to drink and shows a charming, “fruit forward” character with a juicy mouthfeel.
  • Aged in steel tank to preserve the wine’s fresh, crisp, fruity characteristics.

About the Grape

Nero d’Avola
Nero d’Avola produces deep-colored wines that have wild cherry and plum, dark chocolate and earthy aromas and flavors, good minerality and acidity, and a high level of tannins.
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