Vibrant ruby red in colour, this wine has attractive cherry and wild strawberries aromas. The palate is dry, fresh and lively. It has red fruit flavours, juicy tannins and an underlying minerality from the volcanic soils.
Fermented in our small, 300 year old traditional Etnean wine building, “Palmento Rosso” is made from organically grown grapes sourced from vineyards situated at high altitude on the north face of Mt Etna. Predominantly Nerello Mascalese (90%), the old bush vine vineyards are co-planted with small quantities of Nerello Cappuccio (2%), Alicante (Grenache) (3%) and indigenous white grapes; Grecanico, Minella Bianca and Catarratto (5% in total). All the grapes are hand harvested at the same time, and brought to the Palmento in Solicchiata.
Harvest took place during the last week of September and the first week of October 2020. 60% of the grapes were de-stemmed by hand, the rest remained as whole bunches. The grapes were macerated for four-five days, being foot trodden several times. The fermenting must was then pressed and continued fermenting in stainless steel, a large old oak cask and several Georgian qvevris (amphorae) to dryness. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation spontaneously. It was blended in January 2021, and left on fine lees until bottling in April 2021 without fining or filtering.