Feudo di Mezzo Winery; Torreguarino and Pietramarina vineyards
15/09/2013 – 15/09/2013

This wine arrives from our just completed and newly built Feudo di Mezzo winery which lies in the heart of Etna viticulture.  Produced from Nerello Mascalese grapes and partially fermented in barrique, it is the result of searching for the modern expression of this noble vine now cultivated in the splendid and unique terroir of Etna.
Variety:  100% Nerello Mascalese15
First year of production:  2012
Area of production:  Castiglione di Sicilia (Catania)
Vineyard:  Torreguarino, Pietramarina
Type of soil:  the land has perfect position and aspect with black soils from lava sands and is thus extraordinarily rich in minerals.  It is surrounded by woods and more recent lava flows in a timeless atmosphere.
Altitude:  from 600 to 800 metres above sea level
Yield per hectare:  about 60 tonnes per hectare
Training system:  vertical trellis, albarello
Planting density:  from 5,000 to 10,000 vines per hectare
Harvesting period:  from 10th-30th October
Vinification:  the grapes are picked into crates and refrigerated at once at 10° before being selected by hand.  After destemming and crushing, they ferment at 25° for 12 days with two mixing over each day.  After about 18 days they are pressed with a vertical press.
Fermentation equipment:  stainless steel tanks
Fermentation temperature:  25°
Length of contact with grapeskins:  18 days
Maturation:  in barriques previously used 2 or 3 times for about 6 months
Bottling period:  July
Alcohol content:  14%
Total acidity:  5.51
pH:  3.48
Aging capacity:  from 5 to 7 years
Bottles:  0.75 lt.