Extension of the vineyard: 10 ha
Yield per hectare: 6 tons/ha
Characteristics of the soil: deep, soft and dark volcanic soil, rich in volcanic ash
Exposure: northern slope of Mount Etna, 700-750 meters a.s.l.
Average age of the vines: between 40 and 100 years old
Type of cultivation: en goblet and modified en goblet
Harvest: second decade of October
Vinification: alcoholic fermentation under controlled temperature (28-30° C)
Aging: spontaneous malolactic fermentation and aging in French oak barriques, tonneaux. Bottling after 16-18 months of wood aging and 1 month in steel.
Colour: intense ruby
Nose: intense, complex, very feminine, richly floral Flavour: ample, velvety and of creamy persistence Food matches: meat, seasoned cheese
The two vineyards in Santo Spirito are the last ones we bought, the second property acquired in two steps. Santo Spirito is adjacent to Guardiola’s northern boundary and lower in altitude as its slopes descend towards the Alcantara valley. And though adjacent, it couldn’t be more different. An outstandingly beautiful location, gentle wide terraces flowing sweetly in striking contrast to steep, graggy Guardiola. Again, Santo Spirito’s soil is deep rich volcanic ash, its grass a lush emerald green, its vigorous vines displaying a well fed abundance. Santo Spirito’s wines are luscious and sensual, always seductive in their almost fleshy bouquet, and in their buttermilk richness. And yet there’s still a balance and a purity there, very sophisticated, yes, but tender as well. Generous and vulnerable at once. Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Lady. Creamy soups, Poultry, Pork, red meats. The best? Lovely evening food in lovely evening dress.