98% Nerello Mascalese and 2% Nerello Cappuccio co-fermented. The vines are organically farmed, undergo native fermentations and are aged in large French oak barriques and tonneaux for 16-18 months and rest for 1 month in stainless steel before bottling.
Moganazzi and Guardiola, with Santo Spirito a close third, have always been considered the finest Crus of the Castiglione di Sicilia township, the largest on the North side of the Etna appellation. Accordingly, in 2007, when a parcel of Moganazzi came for sale, I jumped on it. However, it was so tiny that I decided to bottle its splendid wines – a whopping two barrels! – and dedicate them to a charity project for a children’s hospital, with labels appropriately drawn by a child – my daughter, who began at age two! Three years ago I was able to buy an adjacent parcel and to rent another, which I’m negotiating to buy as I write. Therefore, with the 2017 vintage I began proudly bottling Moganazzi under my Terre Nere label. The vineyard, aesthetically superb, is entirely and steeply terraced at roughly 700 meters altitude with 80 year old vines. The entire production is roughly 3,000 bottles plus some magnums.
The wine is brilliant: tightly woven texture, with a luminous and athletic character, a youthful grip and all the effortless beauty of a Greek sculpture. With age the wine’s fine drive gives way to a soft suppleness, a sustained sunset richness; more intimate and resounding
|Area of production:||contrada Moganazzi, township of Castiglione di Sicilia (Catania)|
|Varietals of grapes:||98% Nerello mascalese, 2% Nerello cappuccio|
|Vineyard extension:||2,0 hectars.|
|Production per hectar:||6 tons per hectar.|
|Soil:||deep, soft and dark volcanic soil, black pomice, rich in volcanic ash|
|Exposure:||northern slope of Mount Etna, 600-650 meters a.s.l.|
|Age of vines:||between 40 and 100 years old|
About the winery:
Tenuta delle Terre Nere is the fruit of over 30 years of passion and work in the world of fine wine.
An extraordinary location, as well - this "island within an island" that is the Etna - that my brother and I chose. And that, I sometimes believe, actually chose us. A place where nature is prodigal but also severe. And here I try with all my heart to express as purely as possible the refined and multifaceted microcosm of this ancient volcanic land. With respect, care and hard farm work, always in organic balance.
The estate's philosophy is simple. Given an extreme climate, in order to obtain the best and most consistent ripening, our attention must focus on vineyard management. The finest workmanship in all aspects of viticulture is the first thing that sets us apart. And what enables us, bringing home exceptionally fine grapes, not to be invasive in our cellar work. A work best described as aimed above all at expressing the character of our varieties in their specific terroir.
A great team, a delicate hand and a heightened sensibility, as well. And our ideals, that drive us to give the best of ourselves in quest, not of perfection, but of the ideal bond between what nature gives us and that which our sensitivity, experience and imagination suggests.
All this sets us apart.
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