Pirrera IGT Terre Siciliane 2015

Product Line: 
Nerello Mascalese
Farming Type: 
Acosta, Eduardo Torres

90% Nerello Mascalese/10% other local varieties. Pirrera is a single site, or contrada, at the very high altitude of 850 meters on the north side of Mt. Etna; the name Pirrera is rooted in the particularly rocky nature of the vineyard, stemming from the volcanic stones quarried from a 1614 lava flow. It had been abandoned long ago, prior to Eduardo's taking on its rehabilitation. The vines average about 50 years old, are planted albarello-style and are harvested at least a week later than the fruit for his Versante Nord bottling, due to the slower ripening at this elevation. The sandy soils are rich in volcanic ash as well as stones. The juice is fermented spontaneously with some whole clusters and macerates with the skins for 15 days in cement tank without temperature control; the wine is aged 16 months in 7.5-hectoliter Slavonian oak botti. Minimal sulfur is used and only at bottling (maximum of 20 mg). Only 1100 bottles produced in 2015, Eduardo's second vintage of Pirrera.