BENANTI CONTRADA CAVALIERE ETNA ROSSO
100% Nerello Mascalese. Similar vineyard aspects to the Cavaliere Bianco – south west facing, mineral-rich volcanic vineyard, lots of sunshine, low rainfall with a long growing season and a significant day to night temperature difference. The 50 year-old vines are hand harvested in mid October followed by fermentation in stainless steel using indigenous Etna yeast. Maturation is in large oak casks for 12 months and then a further 10 months settling in the bottle before release.
On the nose, ripe red fruits, spice, smoke and mediterranean herbs.
On the palate it is med to full with chewy tannins and medium plus acidity, dark cherry, licorice and a long smoky, mineral finish.
*Alcohol levels are indicative and may vary from vintage to vintage.