Rallo Azienda Agricola, La Clarissa, DOP Sicily, Italy, 2020
The Vesco family make fragrant wines, organically grown in a certified organic agriculture.
They represent the best and most typical style of winemaking in western Sicily: crisp Catarratto and perfumed, fresh Nero d'Avola from their hillside vineyards. Cantine Rallo have vineyards in three sites in western Sicily: Alcamo for Catarratto and Nero d'Avola; Marsala for Grillo and Pantelleria for the Zibbibo that makes their delicious Passito di Pantelleria. Their grapes tend to be picked earlier in the year than many of their neighbours which produces their customary bright, fresh style of wine.
The Syrah for the La Clarissa comes from the Patti Piccolo area of Alcamo with vines grown on loose soils with a fine texture on a North East/ South West exposure.
14 Days maceration on the skins and then fermentation in stainless steel at 22 to 24 °C. 14 days fermentation then a malolactic fermentation. Matured in stainless steel for 6 months.
No oak ageing
This wine is seductive and well balanced. An intense bouquet and palate of mulberries and spicy notes like black pepper.
Traditional English roast, red meats.
6 x 75cl