Crushed & Cured
Mandrarossa, `Costadune` Grecanico Dorato, 2021
This wine is pale straw yellow with vivid green reflections. The nose is complex, with notes of orange blossom and citrus fruit with a hint of thyme. The palate is fresh and zesty with good minerality and great finish.
The Mandrarossa wines come from a selection of the best sites from Cantine Settesoli’s 6,000 hectares of vineyard, situated in southwestern Sicily and planted with 32 different grape varieties. First produced in 1999, Mandrarossa has opened its own winery in 2021, a completely sustainable winery fed by solar panels and well integrated with the surrounding hills. The winery has increasingly focused on single-site wines, as it was conceived after the diverse soils of the vineyards were mapped, enabling the winemakers to focus on what were then ranked their best sites.
The vineyards for this wine are located in the area around Menfi on the south-western coast of Sicily. Vines grow on south and south-east facing hills at 80-300 metres above sea level on medium-textured limestone soils. Vines are Guyot trained and planted at a density of 4,000 - 4,500 plants per hectare.
After being crushed and destemmed, the must was immediately cooled to 5-8°C and maintained at these temperatures for four to six hours. The must was softly pressed and the juice was clarified at low temperatures for 36 hours. The clear must was fermented in stainless-steel tanks for 15-20 days at 16-18°C. The wine was aged for four months in stainless steel tanks before release.
Grape Variety: Grecanico Dorato