The Etna Rosso San Lorenzo is from 4 hectares of vineyards in the district of the same name in the town of Randazzo. The vines are more than 70 years, while the altitude is 750 meters above sea level. The soil is almost pure volcanic sand. The terroir in Contrada San Lorenzo originates from lava flows and volcanic deposits related to the effusive and explosive activity of the Ellittico eruptive centre, dating back to 60,000 to 15,000 years ago. Although very young by geological standards, the soils from the Ellittico eruption are the oldest superficial strata where one may plant. The reason is simple: millennia of lava flows have buried all older soils, leaving, in fact, only small and rare parcels of Ellittico soils. On the northern slopes of Etna, there are four or five Contrade that have terroir from the Ellittico. Three, however, have mixed soils, blending soil from Ellittico of igneous nature with alluvial soils of sedimentary nature due to the overflowing of the Alcantara river. Only two Contrade out of hundreds and hundreds are “pure” terroir Ellittico: Calderara and San Lorenzo. It is hence mentioned on the label to facilitate a distinction.
Fermentation is completed under a controlled temperature (28-30° C). Malolactic fermentation is spontaneous and ageing in French oak barriques and tonneaux for 16-18 months, followed by one month of ageing and stabilization in steel.
This wine is pale ruby with mahogany hues, with a penetrating bouquet of ripe fruit and spices. The wine from this cru is structured, full-bodied and complex, has very soft tannins, making it velvety and voluptuous on the palate. Pairs well with seasoned cheese and meat dishes.