SRC Etna Rosato 2017


The 2017 Rosato is a remarkable expression of an Etna field blend at its finest. Bringing in by hand the Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio, as well as a few other grapes that grow on the steep slopes of the volcano, the berries sat with their skins and fresh juices for around 3 days before going into a traditional and old basket press. The different grapes’ dark pink must co-fermented together naturally in a stainless steel tank, for a long and slow fermentation, and when all was finally complete, was bottled in August for a few months rest in glass. The result is alive and dynamic, with expressive dark berry fruit on the nose, and a minerality that shoots forth and can only be explained by the volcanic soil. With no sulfur additions during the winemaking process, the earth-laden fruit is deep and layered, full of acidity and grippy tannins, and continues with a long scrumptious finish that carries long after the bottle is gone.