The mild growth conditions of 2018 and the fresh and humid beginning of the grape harvest have meant that some of our vineyards, such as the vineyard "Jeudi 15" of Monte LaGuardia, would not have reached complete phenolic maturation. So we decided to harvest the grapes earlier than usual, on October 9th, and produce our first Rosato. Monte LaGuardia is located 800 meters above sea level between the town of Passopisciaro and the city of Randazzo. Today the vineyard is about one hectare, with sapling vines (bush) of 90-100 years.
The grapes were harvested by hand; 95% Nerello Mascalese with 5% native white grapes were de-stemmed into five large mastelloni (10hl plastic food tanks). Maceration took place for three days. The fermenting must was pressed directly into a Georgian 2,000-liter qvevri. The finished wine, the alcoholic fermentation, underwent malolactic fermentation and was left on the fine lees for 6 months. It was bottled at the end of April 2019, it was not clarified or even filtered. Pale orange / pink, this wine shows notes of ripe tomatoes paired with wild strawberries.
It is dry and fresh with a fine tannic structure. It is tasty, with good length and minerality. "Vino di Anna" is a small family estate located on the north face of Etna, in Sicily. Eric Narioo and Anna Martens have been producing natural wines on Mount Etna for 10 years. They cultivate small plots of old vines (60 - 100 years) of indigenous biodynamically and organically grown varieties. The altitude of the vineyards varies from 760 m to 1200 meters. The unique brightness of these mountain vineyards and the variable and decomposed lava soils give the wines a distinct minerality and flavor. The wines are made with minimal intervention, indigenous yeasts, without additives, without clarification or filtration and little or no SO2.