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Sicily

Etna

Etna is at once both a fossil and a piece of modern art! Vines aged from 70-120 years old grow on the slopes of a volcano at altitudes that make noses bleed. Less than 20 years ago these wines were unknown, the Grandfathers of today’s revolutionists made simple wine from overcropped vineyards.

Today the next generations are pushing the boundaries making wines from the red grapes Nerello Mascalese, and, Nerello Cappuccio, with Grenache and Sangiovese popping up here and there.  When made from a blend of the two Nerello’s they are often referred to as a hybrid of the great Nebbiolo’s from Barolo and Pinot Noir’s from Burgundy. The Nerello’s are capable of making wines with real personality! They’ve taken something incredibly ancient, gone back to the DNA and started again. In under a decade the evolution of these wines have accelerated through a millennia.

On the white side Carricante rules the mountain. It’s nickname, the Chablis of Italy is well justified. The wines can have incredible purity and fine acid.

Vines have been nurtured back to balance, tended by hand on terraced vineyards that one in every 3 years find themselves under ash clouds hurled into the sky from the very mountain they are planted on, a volcano, Mt Etna!

In the winery, they have played the mad scientist experimenting with an incredible array of variables to find the best way to express the personality of these extreme sites. A couple of generations ago wines were given just 1 day on skins, described by some as being like grape juice. Today they sort fruit by hand and seek to find the best way to guide wines and reveal the true expression of their vineyards. Whilst they have applied modern technologies, they have done so with restraint.

People ask “How long will they age?” “What will they look like in 20 years?” The answer is just an educated guess, no-one knows yet! That excites me, they’ve made such great strides, in such a short time. It’s like watching a start-up with the wisdom of elders to support it, jumping the hurdles and avoiding the mistakes of inexperience, yet still, they have so much to learn!

Much of the vineyard, randomly planted on terraces, is goblet trained, just a trunk low to the ground with shoots trained up a single stake.

Letizia Patane of Passopisciaro considers Etna to be an island within Sicily. A unique terroir that has three times the rainfall and sites at altitudes from 500-1,000m in elevation.

When I think of Sicily and Etna I think heat. Then I remember the elevation of Mount Etna and how much cooler the climate is. The temperature is usually 1°C lower for every 100m increase in elevation above sea level. Take a vineyard at 1,000m and that’s a whopping 10°C!

Pick a cool site on Etna, add elevation, and, the end result is some of the last vineyards to be picked in Italy.

For more, head to the Wine Bites Mag and read our Etna Primer ‘Getting Your Head Around Sicily’s Mount Etna’


Graci's Lava Juice!


Precise Nerello Mascelese

Graci Etna Rosso Nerello Mascelese 2019

Graci, are, killing it! These are refined wines, beautifully balanced, elegant, with amazing textures, and, entrancing perfumes.
$49
$46ea in any 3+
$43ea in any 6+
Grace & Power

Graci ‘Arcurìa’ Nerello Mascelese 2019

There's an incredible diversity of styles across Etna, Arcurìa, is divine, delicate, perfumed, resting firmly in the feminine camp!
$102
$97ea in any 3+
$92ea in any 6+

Pick up some Passopisciaro!


It's Here!

Passopisciaro Passorosso Nerello Mascelese 2018

These wines are spectacular, loaded with personality, a true expression of extreme sites!
$66
$63ea in any 3+
$60ea in any 6+
Only 3 Bottles!

Passopisciaro Contrada ‘PC’ Chardonnay 2019

“Intense straw yellow. Like the Passobianco but amplified and fortified with elegant oak notes. Peach and orange on the palate with the oak supporting the fruit. Concentrated and, at the same time, displaying a certain coolness. Drink 2021-2026” Walter Speller
$132
$127ea in any 3+
$122ea in any 6+

Passopisciaro 20 Ani Nerello Mascelese MAGNUM 2019

A one off release celebrating 20 years for Passopisciaro making Lava Juice! Magnum only.
$610
$590ea in any 3+
$570ea in any 6+

Terre Nere's Ripping Nerello Mascelese


Wonderful Perfume!

Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2019

A Ripper from Marco!
$53
$51ea in any 3+
$49ea in any 6+

Contrade Wines

2019s

Terre Nere Santo Moganazzi Rosso D.O.C. 2019

The latest Contrada from Terre Nere!
$109
$104ea in any 3+
$99ea in any 6+

Terre Nere Santo Calderara Sottana Etna Rosso D.O.C. 2019

One of Terre Nere's 3 Grand Cru's, the Pre-phylloxera vineyard sits within this one! It's a bold, delicious interpretation of Nerello.
$140
$135ea in any 3+
$130ea in any 6+

2018s

Terre Nere Santo Moganazzi Rosso D.O.C. 2018

The latest Contrada from Terre Nere!
$109
$104ea in any 3+
$99ea in any 6+

Terre Nere ‘Santo Feudo di Mezzo’ Rosso D.O.C. 2018

The Feudo di Mezzo from Terre Nere has more immediate generosity. Showing more of itself earlier than higher vineyards of Santo Spirito and Guardiola
$109
$104ea in any 3+
$99ea in any 6+
Right next to Guardiola

Terre Nere Santo Spirito Etna Rosso D.O.C. 2018

Sophistication, perfectly ripe yet not over ripe fruit. Very much in the mould of the Guardiola and Rampante Contrada!
$109
$104ea in any 3+
$99ea in any 6+
Delicious

Terre Nere ‘Santo Guardiola’ Rosso D.O.C. 2018

The highest altitude of Marco's vineyard makes for an elegant wine! Always a favourite!
$109
$104ea in any 3+
$99ea in any 6+

Buscemi's Summer Juice!


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Buscemi ‘Il Rosso’ 2018

Buscemi's 'Il Rossoi' is much more than just the perfect light to medium bodied summer red!
$51
$48ea in any 3+
$45ea in any 6+

We scored a lost 6-Pack of ‘Tartaraci’!

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Graci Etna Rosato 2020

Alberto's reds are delicious. His Etna Bianco and Rosatto are so easy to devour!
$39
$37ea in any 3+
$35ea in any 6+

Tenutta Fessina Erse Rosso 2018

Excellent, dominantly Nerello Mascelese, slatey/silky tannins, lovely texture. Excellent set of flavours with fresh red countered with a dark edge. There is more to come here given a year or two to evolve. Looks like neutral large oak maturation. Hints of olives, woody herbs and an edge of spice. Nerello Mascalese 90%, Nerello Cappuccio 8%, Minnella, Carricante 2%
$49
$46ea in any 3+
$43ea in any 6+

Tenutta di Fessina Erse Bianco 2019

Nice little bit of funk, faintest flinty hit. It’s a funk that I see with wines with this kind of acid profile. Excellent juicy acid with line and length. Depth and persistence. Mineral with excellent citrus grapefruit and pith backed by a lovely core of fruit. Excellent transparency to this. So crisp and refreshing. Loads of energy. Delightful. Carricante 90%, Catarratto, Minnella 10%
$49
$46ea in any 3+
$43ea in any 6+
Precise Nerello Mascelese

Graci Etna Rosso Nerello Mascelese 2019

Graci, are, killing it! These are refined wines, beautifully balanced, elegant, with amazing textures, and, entrancing perfumes.
$49
$46ea in any 3+
$43ea in any 6+

Girolamo Russo Etna Rosato 2019

2019 is a stunning follow up to the delicious 2018!
$50
$47ea in any 3+
$44ea in any 6+
Lava Juice!

Buscemi ‘Il Rosso’ 2019

Buscemi's 'Il Rossoi' is much more than just the perfect light to medium bodied summer red!
$50
$47ea in any 3+
$44ea in any 6+
The Pink Link 🌹

Terre Nere Etna Rosato 2019

100% Nerello Mascalese Rosé is just so much fun!
$51
$49ea in any 3+
$47ea in any 6+
Lava Juice!

Buscemi ‘Il Rosso’ 2018

Buscemi's 'Il Rossoi' is much more than just the perfect light to medium bodied summer red!
$51
$48ea in any 3+
$45ea in any 6+
Wonderful Perfume!

Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2019

A Ripper from Marco!
$53
$51ea in any 3+
$49ea in any 6+

Girolamo Russo ‘a Rina Etna Rosso 2019

With fruit sourced from the Contradas of San Lorenzo, Feudo and Calderara Sottana there is some serious pedigree to the vineyards and it shows in the wine!
$58
$55ea in any 3+
$52ea in any 6+
It's Here!

Passopisciaro Passorosso Nerello Mascelese 2018

These wines are spectacular, loaded with personality, a true expression of extreme sites!
$66
$63ea in any 3+
$60ea in any 6+

Passobianco Chardonnay 2019

Straw yellow. Concentrated, deep and alluring white- and citrus-fruit nose with hints of kumquat and papaya. Orange and lemon palate with bitter-almond notes on the finish. Long and a little linear and with plenty of substance. Drink 2021-2026  Walter Speller, Jancis Robinson
$70
$127ea in any 3+
$122ea in any 6+

Girolamo Russo ‘Nerina’ Etna Bianco 2020

Co-planted in a red vineyard pickers walk vine to vine searching for white grapes! 70% Carricante with a mix of other natives!
$75
$71ea in any 3+
$67ea in any 6+
🌋A Star is Born 🌠

Famiglia Statella Etna Rosso ‘Pettinociarelle’ 2018

The Personal Project of Terre Nere winemaker Calogero Statella & Around the Corner from Passopisciaro! Just so plush and delicious!
$85
$81ea in any 3+
$77ea in any 6+
Lava Juice!

Buscemi Contrada Tartaraci Rosso 2019

Buscemi's 'Tartaraci' is blended with a splash of Grenache
$86
$82ea in any 3+
$78ea in any 6+
Only 8 Bottles Available!

Buscemi ‘Il Bianco’ 2020

Etna Whites are a Thing of Beauty!
$86
$82ea in any 3+
$78ea in any 6+