Feudo di Mezzo Vineyard Site
40-60 year old vines | 650-700 meters above sea level | ash + basaltic pebbles | 5500 bottles produced
98% Nerello Mascalese and 2% Nerello Cappuccio co-fermented. The vineyards are located on the North slope of Mount Etna. 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.
The 2014 harvest was extraordinarily satisfying. Firm tannins and ideal vine production. Harvest began for Feudo di Mezzo on October 9 with minimal interruptions, at a leisurely pace, through October 27. Ideal ripening throughout the season and the grapes were "unusually healthy".
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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