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Terre Siciliane
Zone: Contessa Entellina
Vineyard: Paradiso & Miccina
Terroir: Tufo, Clay mix
Altitude: 450 meters
Yield per Vine: 2,0 kg.
Varietals: 100% Nerello Mascalese
ABV: 13,5% Vol
Production: 2,000 cases

The Di Giovanna family has been cultivating organic vineyards for five generations in western Sicily, just outside the town of Sambuca di Sicilia. Brothers Gunther & Klaus manage the family’s 56 hectare estate and winery where their hand crafted wines are made and bottled. Their wines are made exclusively with their estate fruit and all of their vineyards are certified organic by Suolo e Salute SRL.

Wine Description:
The Di Giovanna Nerello Mascalese has been produced since 2004. The varietal was introduced to Sambuca di Sicilia in 1968 by father Aurelio Di Giovanna. It has grown on the tufaceous soils in Contessa Entellina since. Thanks to rigorous vineyard work and yields reduced by 50%, the wine is concentrated and intensely mineral.

Hand harvested grapes from several small plots on the Paradiso vineyard, destemmed & crushed, warm maceration for 18 days on the skins, temperature controlled. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The Nerello Mascalese is aged in second year French oak barrels for 6 months imparting a silky texture and roundness on the palate. The
wine is aged in bottle for 6 months before release.

Red cherry and currant scented, this wine fills the mouth, with smoky & peppery sensations. Without the overwhelming tannins of other varietals, fluid tannins lead to a chocolate pronounced finish.

Food Suggestions:
Pair with tomato based pasta dishes, eggplant recipes, grilled vegetables, grilled chicken and pork.