The slopes of Mount Etna provide Andrea Franchetti ‘s team with interesting challenges, though the fact of the vineyard being sited on the slopes of a live volcano appears to be very low in Andrea’s concerns. His first task was to clear and restore long-abandoned terraces of ancient vines on the northern slopes of the mountain, replanting at a density of 12,000 vines per hectare on thin lava dust. The high altitude, sun-drenched vineyards are idyllic yet a constant plume of smoke and the odd ash-filled belch present a constant reminder that Etna is indeed a volcano with attitude, given to relatively frequent lava spills. The volcanic minerality in the wines is however distinctive and impressive
"60% Petit Verdot, 40% Cesanese d‟Affile in 2016, this offers zinging red cherry fruit on the nose, some menthol and bright, intense raspberry. Andrea Franchetti's wines don‟t always scream their Italian credentials, but this presents a benchmark Italian nose. The palate is spicy, very brightly-fruited and wonderfully fresh, joyful and uplifting with an the exuberance which is reined in by a gentle tannic stricture on the finish.
Drink now / lay down 2021 - 2027
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