Mandrarossa `Bertolino Soprano` Grillo 2017
First produced in 1999, the Mandrarossa wines come from a selection of the best sites from Cantine Settesoli’s 6,000 hectares of vineyard, situated in southwestern Sicily and planted with 32 different grape varieties. This range was conceived after the diverse soils of the vineyards were mapped, enabling the winemakers to focus on what were then ranked their best sites. Under the leadership of co-operative president Giuseppe Bursi, consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini has sought to improve viticulture, which in turn has resulted in better wines. Working with soil specialist Pedro Parra and head winemaker Mimmo De Gregorio, Alberto has selected 500 hectares of vineyard for the production of the Mandrarossa wines. These vineyards are situated close to the sea, where intense sunlight, moderating sea breezes, mild temperatures, multiple elevations and a myriad of different soil types combine to give the sort of grapes that Mimmo and Alberto are looking for.
The grapes come from a 2.5-hectare single vineyard which is located in the hills of Contrada Bertolino Soprano, in the comune of Menfi. The six-year-old vineyard has south-west exposure, and is planted at an altitude of 147 metres above sea level, on chalky soils. It was for these chalky soils that the vineyard site was selected after a long period of study on the area. Vines are Guyot trained, with a density of 3,960 vines per hectare.
Grapes were hand harvested. After being crushed, the grapes were fermented in cement Tulip tanks. The wine was kept in these tanks for a month to settle and then moved to untoasted French oak casks for 11 months.
This wine is straw yellow in colour with green hues. On the nose, it has fresh and fragrant aromas of flowers and herbal notes with a hint of cedar and peach. The palate is vibrant with a linear structure and an excellent length.
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