Region: Etna, Sicily, Italy
Perfect with: Crispy pork belly, steak or aged hard cheese
Ageing Potential: 10-15 years
Why you'll love it?
Pietradolce make this wine from 80-90 year old, pre-phylloxera vines and are very low yielding, difficult to nurture and harvest. Often they haven’t been planted in neat rows because they didn’t have to cater for machinery, they’re typically grown randomly on rocky volcanic terrain so the only way to harvest is by hand. 2016 was the first vintage that was produced from their brand new gravity flow facility. It was also the first vintage of that Santo Spirito cru was made. The vineyard is located around 900 metres above sea level on the volcano’s steep northern slopes. It’s made from 100% Nerello Mascalese.
Smooth and seductive, this offers aromas of wild berry, blue flower, dark spice, crushed rock and a whiff of Mediterranean brush. The polished, savory palate doles out juicy Morello cherry, strawberry, star anise and wild herb. Lithe tannins provide seamless support while bright acidity lends balance.