Feudo di Mezzo is the largest cru in the appellation, a homogenous character, but with clear qualitative variations – much like one could say of Clos de Vougeot in Burgundy. From the best parcels – such as our “Quadro delle Rose” - it betrays a dusky character, autumnal tones in its cedary-spicy bouquet. Always the fist to be harvested, Feudo di Mezzo is also always the one readiest to open up and generously deliver itself. Of all crus it is supremely silky, its tannins suave, its bouquet darkly debonair. I love it as it ages effortlessly, its crepuscular nature picking up light as it ripens. Poultry, pork, game, lasagne, braised meats.
First released vintage: 2004
Production area: contrada Feudo di Mezzo, township of Castiglione di Sicilia (Catania)
Varietals of grapes: 98% Nerello mascalese, 2% Nerello cappuccio
Extension of the vineyard: 1,5 ha Yield per hectare: 5 tons/ha
Characteristics of the soil: volcanic, shallow, with a prevalence of volcanic ash
Exposure: northern slope of Mount Etna, 650 meters a.s.l.
Average age of the vines: between 40 an d 80 years old.
Type of cultivation: en goblet and modified en goblet Harvest: first decade of October
Vinification: alcoholic fermentation under controlled temperature (28-30° C)
Aging: spontaneous malolactic fermentation and aging in French oak barriques, tonneaux.
Bottling after 16-18 months of wood aging and 1 month in steel.
Colour: pale ruby Nose: elegant, complex, with red fruits and cherry notes
Flavour: harmonic, with a good acidity and persistence, soft and silky tannins Food matches: meat, seasoned cheese