Versante Nord IGT Terre Siciliane 2015

SKU/Code: 
DB5400-15
Product Line: 
Red
Varietal: 
Nerello Mascalese
Country: 
Italy
Region: 
Sicily
Farming Type: 
Organic
Acosta, Eduardo Torres

80% Nerello Mascalese/20% other native varieties. Versante Nord comes from two parcels--Pietramarina and Crasa--totalling 1.5 hectares on the cooler, north-facing side of Mt. Etna (hence the wine's name Versante Nord) at elevation ranging from 550 to 750 meters.  The vines average 45-50 years old, with the oldest of about 80 years planted albarello-style, which require even more careful hand-tending and yield less but more concentrated fruit. Sandy, volcanic-ash-rich soils lie over a sedimentary mother rock. 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). 6000 bottles made in 2015, which is Eduardo's second vintage of Versante Nord.