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Ghiaia Nera Etna DOC

90

WS

94

JS

91

WE

Biologico
Da Regalare
Vino premiato
Tasca d'Almerita
Vintage: 2019
Location: Sicily, Catania
19
£ 29.00 £ 21.00 -28%
Format 0.75 l. (£ 28.00/lt.)
cod. 5634

All the power of the volcano

What: A surprising red wine from pure Nerello Mascalese
Why: For those who want to taste the new Sicilian style
Perfect with: Savoury first courses

Marketed by: Giordano Vini S.p.A. via G. Cane 47bis-50 12055 Diano d'Alba (CN) - Italy.
AWARDED AWARDED

Ghiaia Nera Etna DOC

Tasca d'Almerita
Vintage: 2019
Location: Sicily, Catania

90

Wine spectator

94

James Suckling

91

Wine enthusiast


£ 29.00 £ 21.00 -28%
Format 0.75 l. (£ 28.00/lt.)
cod. 5634

All the power of the volcano

What: A surprising red wine from pure Nerello Mascalese
Why: For those who want to taste the new Sicilian style
Perfect with: Savoury first courses

Marketed by: Giordano Vini S.p.A. via G. Cane 47bis-50 12055 Diano d'Alba (CN) - Italy.

Ghiaia Nera Etna DOC - Tasca d'Almerita

Etna is the new Eden of Sicilian wine. The great volcano that dominates the eastern side of the island not only offers an unparalleled wealth of soils, but also provides unique climatic conditions. Climbing its slopes, the stifling heat of Sicily gives way to a decidedly milder climate. The summit of the volcano is often even covered with snow and the grapes grown here enjoy an ideal temperature range between day and night which prolongs the ripening period, ensuring the development of aromas and flavours. The family of Count Tasca also owns some vineyards on the volcano. Here excellent wines are produced from vines native to Etna. Like this Ghiaia Nera that expresses all the impetuosity of the estate's youngest vineyards, cultivated with Nerello Mascalese grapes. The result is a dry and elegant red, characterized by a light ruby colour and an absolutely incredible bouquet, dominated by crunchy and tasty red fruits, sweet spices and an interesting mineral note that immediately brings to mind the tongues of lava that slowly descend the slopes of the volcano. On the palate it is fresh and juicy. Rich but not opulent. Balanced and pleasant from the first sip.

Eight generations. Over 200 years of wine history in Sicily. What more could anyone want? Perhaps only the ownership of one of the most famous estates on the island, Regaleali, from which many of the company's best-known wines come. We are obviously talking about Tasca d'Almerita, rightly considered one of the most interesting realities of our country. The challenge of the 2000s for the last heirs of the dynasty is to achieve environmental sustainability on the company's vast estates. Estates that can be found in practically every corner of Sicily. Alongside the historic Regaleali estate in Sclafani, Palermo, Tasca now also works vineyards in Salina, the land of Malvasia, on the island of Mothia, where Marsala was born and where small plots of Grillo grapes can still be found today, in Camporeale and even on the northern slope of Etna, where native vines dominate and are cultivated at altitude in terraced vineyards.

Technical Data Sheet

CHARACTERISTICS
  • TypeDry Still Red Wine DOC
  • Location Sicily
  • Grapes Nerello Mascalese 100%
  • Sensations pale ruby red colour/ scent of volcanic ash, wild berries/ great balance between powerful tannin, volcanic sapidity and natural acidity.
  • Vinification Fermentation in stainless steel at a controlled temperature of 25 degrees C for 30 days.
  • Alcoholic strength 13 % vol.
  • Allergens Contains sulphites
TASTING RECOMMENDATIONS
  • Tips Store in a cool place, away from light, bottle lying down. Refrigerate no more than 24 hours before serving. Open 5 minutes before serving
  • Serving temperature 16°
  • GlassBordeaux
  • When to drink it 2019/2022
  • Pairing Red meats and mature cheeses
VINEYARD
  • Terrain soils rich in ash, mineral salts and volcanic sand.
  • Exposure and altitude North/East exposure altitude 650-750 m a.s.l
  • Breeding method Espalier
  • Planting density 500 vines per hectare
Awarded
  • James Sucking 94

    Love the freshness and drive to this Etna red, which is redolent of blueberries, cranberries, newly picked cherries and orange zest. So crunchy and vibrant on the palate, without a hint of overripeness. Medium-bodied and energetic, but serious. Drink now.

  • Wine Enthusiast 91

    Glossy and bright, this opens with alluring aromas of camphor, wild red berry, violet and wet stone. The elegant palate delivers juicy red cherry, orange slice, star anise and crushed mint alongside flexible tannins and racy acidity. KERIN O’KEEFE

  • Wine Spectator 90

    An elegant red, balanced and fresh, featuring sculpted tannins that frame flavors of crushed plum and cherry fruit, with lemon thyme and smoke-tinged mineral accents. Drink now through 2026. 4,986 cases made, 940 cases imported. — AN

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