Tenute Bosco, Piano dei Daini Etna Rosso DOC, Sicily, Italy, 2019
Sofia Ponzini started Tenute Bosco in 2010 in an attempt to breathe life back into two small vineyards on the slopes of Mount Etna.
Some of the vines are over 120 years old, and pre-phylloxera, on land recovered 300 years ago from the cooled lava flow following Etna’s last major eruption. There is more living history in the sight of the traditional ‘alberello’ method of propagation in the vineyards that leaves the vines free standing and backed by dry stone walls. Sofia is intent on reviving the traditions of this land, and the indigenous Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Carricante which they clearly love. Creating wines that definitely have a sense of place, of the present and the past.
The vines for the red are Espalier trained and around 20 years old, hand-picked into cases after the second week of October.
The grapes are destemmed and gently crushed and the juice racked off via a gravity flow system into steel vats where a controlled temperature fermentation takes place. Daily punch downs to ensure the correct aroma and colour is extracted from the skins. After malolactic fermentation, the wine ages in French oak tonneau for 10 months then in steel vats.
Type: French Oak 7 and 5hl
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: None
Characterised on the nose with armoas of red fruits and a slight herbaceous and spicy note. Excellent tannic structure and uplifted by wonderful acidity.
Red and white meatsm semi seasoned cheese and of course.... pasta!
Nerello Mescalese 90%
Nerello Cappuccio 10%
6 x 75cl