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From “La montagna di fuoco” by Salvo Foti

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Aetneus

Aetneus, or: the fate of a wine in its name. It rises from monumental vineyards on Mt. Etna’s North Slope, considered by the natives to be the heart of the Muntagna’s area for fine and complex red wines. This Etna Rosso is nothing but a mirror of the harmonic landscape and of the hard but rewarding work in the vineyard.

A natural wine, alive and vibrant, complex and elegant, with great ageing potential.


Resources

Tech sheet

Label

Brochure (Italian)

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Appellation

Etna Rosso DOC

Vineyard

Northern Etna

Grape varietals

Nerello Mascalese 80%, Nerello Cappuccio, Alicante

Vines

Bush trained, 9.000 plants per hectare

Age of vineyard

Up to 150 years

Altitude

750 m amsl

Terrain

Sandy, volcanic, very rich in minerals, with subacid reaction.

Vinification

The grapes are harvested manually and selected, brought to the winery in shallow crates, where they are crushed after destemming about 80% of the clusters. Maceration for 12 days in steel vats. Malolactic fermentation in small barrels.

Maturation

In used and semi-used barriques for at least 24 months.

Produced bottles

19.000 (2007 vintage)

Tasting notes

Eye: ruby red.

Nose: ethereal, intense, hints of ripe fruit and tobacco.

Palate: elegant, harmonic, considerably long aftertaste, rightly tannic.

Alcohol

14,5%