2018 Nero d Avola "Saia", Feudo Maccari, Sicily 14.0%

From selected plots of vines - mostly 30-40 years old, grown on south-facing higher ground where the calcium-rich soil gives greater delicacy and perfume. They are all 'albarello' (head-trained) bush vines - which are particularly suited to hot and windy climates. The grapes undergo 20 days maceration with regular punching-down of the cap. Then the wine is matured for 10-14 months in French barriques and aged in bottle for 6 months prior to release. It has silky smooth tannins and loads of black fruit flavours enhanced by just enough gentle oak. Nero d'Avola at its very best.

Located in Noto on Italy’s south-eastern tip near the town of Avola, Feudo Maccari was acquired by Antonio Moretti - who also owns the Tuscan Tenuta Sette Ponti estate - and his daughter Monica in 2000.

This region has extremely fertile volcanic soils, as indicated by the fertile lemon and olive groves, carob trees and flowering almonds - and here existing Alberello (bush training) plantings of Nero d’Avola and Syrah dating back to the early ‘80s (around 50 ha) were added to - with 18 hectares of Grillo planted in 2002 after extensive trials to find the most suitable whites for the region’s volcanic and limestone soils.

"This area has always been the heartland of Nero d'Avola, which here assumes a complexity, character and elegance difficult to find elsewhere... " Gambero Rosso guide 2015

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