|Grape Variety / Traubensorte||A field blend, being 90% Nerello Mascalese with 10% indigenous white grapes (Grecanico, Catarratto, Minnella Bianco, Carricante)|
|SO2 (Sulphites) Added||a tiny quantity ahead of bottling|
|Soils / Böden||Black volcanic soils|
|Vinification||The mild growing conditions of 2018 and the cool, wet start to harvest meant that some of our vineyards, like the “Jeudi 15” vineyard in Monte LaGuardia were not going to reach full phenolic maturation. Thus a portion of the grapes were hand harvested earlier than usual, on the 9th October and made into a Rosato. Monte LaGuardia is located at 800 metres of altitude between the village of Passopisciaro and the town of Randazzo. The vineyard is today approximately one hectare, of 90 -100 year old alberello (bush) vines. The grapes were destemmed into five large mastellone (10hl food-grade plastic tubs). Maceration took place for three days. The fermenting must was then pressed directly into a 2,000 litre Georgian qvevri. The wine finished alcoholic fermentation, underwent malolactic fermentation and was left on fine lees for 6 months. It was bottled at the end of April 2019 neither fined nor filtered.