2021 Firriato 'Le Sabbie Dell Etna' Etna Rosato, Sicily, Italy
On the north-eastern side of Etna, Firriato vinegrows Nerello Mascalese grapes embarked for the production of rosé. The practice of trimming the tops of shoots eases the formation of secondary shoots to maintain the ideal microclimatic conditions to degrade the phenolic compounds and reduce the pigmentation in the grapes. On the other hand, the control of plant vigor eases the synthesis of aromatic precursors keeping high the acid-sugar ratio. After selecting the best bunches, grapes are subjected to skin maceration for a few hours and then softly pressed. These operations allow the creation of a delicate, fresh and fragrant pink wine.
Refined, fragrant and fresh: these are the sensations evoked by the rosé version of Le Sabbie dell’Etna. The delicate color is followed by nuances of raspberry and pomegranate in a harmonious path characterised by a long and persistent finish. Nerello Mascalese grapes linked to the territory of the volcano by a centuries-old relationship, are magnificently exalted in this unique rosé produced by Firriato in its Cavanera estate. The vinification process involves a few hours of pellicular maceration in a press. An important step giving elegance and complexity to the wine, and offering some of the most surprising nuances to those winelovers appreciating one of the most famous and traditional vines of the Etna volcano.
Rated 90 Points James Suckling
This shows notes of dried apples, pomegranate skins, almonds, dried flowers and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied and dry with a creamy texture and light phenolic grip. Earthy finish with hints of spices at the end. Drink now.