MANDRAROSSA Nero d'Avola 'Costadune'
A moderately intense wine with hints of black cherries, plums, red mulberries and soft spice. They typical freshness of the variety is well balanced.
Nero d'Avola /NEH roh/ /DAH volah/
Nero d'Avola is the most important red wine grape in Sicily, thanks in no small part to Diego Planeta, and is one of Italy's most important indigenous varieties. Named after the town of Avola in southern Sicily, it is known for its superbly bold fruit-driven flavours that range from black cherry to prune. It is one of the full-bodied wines of the world in the same boldness as Cabernet Sauvignon and Sirah/Shiraz.
Costa = coast in Italian
Dune = sand dunes
Region: Menfi, Sicily, Italy
Varietal: 100% Nero d'Avola
Menfi is on the southwestern coast of Sicily, a unique and pristine area made up of rolling hills with different slopes, aspects and altitudes which combined with the types of soils, create many different terroirs, each ideal for a different variety. The environmental conditions at this latitude are ideal for the cultivation of grapes: the dry climate, the intense light, the influence of the sea breezes and the differences in temperatures by day and night, all combine in making the vineyards healthy and their grapes of great quality.
Soil: calcareous, loose-packed
Altitude: 50-250 metres above sea level
Yield: 10,000 kg/ha
Winemaking: Maceration of the grapes at 22-25°C for 0-10 days. Maturation for 3 months in stainless steel tanks at 10°C
Aging: 3 months bottle aging