Estate: Dating back to 1697 [and consistently been producing wine since then], Feudo di Santa Tresa is headed by Stefano Girelli. Located in Vittoria, southern Sicily the estate consists of about 50 hectares of vineyards. Promoting an organic, sustainable ecosystem, the estate focuses their “attention on nature, in order to emphasize its qualities, rather than exploiting or modifying it”. They are committed “to championing local indigenous grape varieties”. In addition they have recently introduced a local Sicilian bee species to the estate, which will aid in natural pollination. All of the packaging is recycled and free of chemicals, right down to the vegetable based ink on the recycled label.
Philosophy: To “work in harmony with nature to make expressive, organic wines full of Sicilian character and soul”.
Winemaking: The estate takes a holistic approach to every aspect of winemaking. Certified organic, the family grown grapes are cultivated using sustainable, time honoured methods such as cover crops and natural herbicides.
Tasting Notes: Brilliant transparent garnet in colour with aromas of strawberry and dusty earth. Sour cherry, wild strawberry and whimsical hints of watermelon are buoyed by bright acidity. Sour candy flavours along with hints of white pepper comprise the fruity finish. Fresh, light and fruity, this is fantastic on its own and with a wide variety of dishes. [Tamlyn Curri writes in her review on Jancis Robinson’s website: “It’s a wine that begs to be chilled.” Indeed, 20 minutes in the fridge and the silky fruit flavours really pop.]
Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Grilled or barbequed poultry and tomato-based pasta dishes go very well Frappato and it complements certain fish dishes brilliantly.
Frappato [I could not verify variatel percentage.]
Terre Siciliane IGP
Bottled by COD. IT/FI 15632 on behalf of Santa Tresa SRL
Enjoy now thru 2017