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Benanti,Nerolo Mascalese Etna Rosso

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Region: Sicily
Vintage: 2013
Grape Varieties:
Nerolo Mascalese 100% Colour: Red Wine
Alcohol Level: 13%
Production Style: Conventional
Closure: Natural Cork

Availability: In stock


Bottle Size: 750ml bottle
Red ruby with light tints, deep, rich and delicate aromas of black cherry, menthol with nuances of tobacco and vanilla, Benanti's Nerolo Mascalese is elegant and light to medium-bodied. Lovely palate of cherry, licorice with a hint of tea leaf and showing a subtle vein of minerality. You could drink this wine as you would a Pinot Nero.
This Nerello Mascalese (also known as Negrello) is grown as alberello (free standing bush). It is the most noble indigenous Etnean variety. It was selected by the wine growers of Etna, many centuries ago, at Mascali a town situated on the slopes of Etna. The area of production for this Benanti Nerolo Mascalese is located on the northen side of Etna, in the commune of Castiglione di Sicilia at an altitude of 750m. The 60 year old vines are planted on sandy and volcanic soils also very rich in minerals. Harvest takes place after mid October, and the grapes are vinified with long maceration of the skins. The wine is transferred into small oak barrels (225 liters) where it is left to mature for more than one year. Benanti Nerolo Mascalese is aged in bottles 8 to 10 months before its release.

The Domaine
Benanti is a family-run, exclusive winery located on the slopes of the Etna Volcano in Sicily and is among the most prominent producers of fine wines in Italy. In fact they are credited with much of the revolution in Sicilian wine making, particularly from Etna. Wine has been produced by the Benanti family for several generations, mostly for private consumption, until Giuseppe Benanti, in his late sixties, decided to establish a professional winery in 1988. He revived the family's old passion, with an extensive and selective study of the Etnean soils as he is immensely devoted to viticulture. Benanti wines show the volcanic origins of the vineyards and how Nerello Mascalese is the perfect vehicle to express the Mountain’s flavours. Giuseppe’s aim was to spread the culture of Etna wines among a community of Italian and international wine lovers alike.

Benanti is recognised as an indigenous winery with an international mindset. Local family, local people, local grape varietals, local pride, local values... and a niche of discerning customers which spans the globe.

Today the Benanti winery is run by twin brothers Antonio and Salvino, in their forties. Both are passionate and international-minded Sicilians who have returned home to follow their father Giuseppe’s footsteps after spending several years abroad in Switzerland and the UK, with the aim of taking the winery to new heights.

Benanti focusses on tradition and authenticity and their wines are world-class.
‘We shouldn’t be trying to imitate Burgundy, or Barolo – Etna stands perfectly well on its own’ Antonio Benanti

Food Pairing
Ideal with pork, game and mature cheese

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