Estate: Passionate about crafting natural wines from indigenous grapes, Filippo Rizzo and his wife Nancy purchased their first plot of land in 2000. Located in the southern most corner of the Catania region on the eastern coast of Sicily, the property included an ancient olive grove with 46 trees of the local “Moresca” variety, after which they named the winery. Over the years they were able to slowly increase their holdings to the nearly 11 hectares of vines and olive groves today. Whilst reviving his own vines, Filippo “spent several vintages with his friend and fellow winemaker Frank Cornelissen making wine high on the slopes of Mt. Etna”.
Winemaking: Farming is low intervention and certified organic. From vines planted in 2011, at 430 meters in elevation, with clay and limestone soil. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts in “vertical plastic “tini” without temperature control, with maceration on the skin for max 4 weeks, malolactic fermentation occurred naturally”, aged in cement tanks. No added So2, unfined and unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour, with layered aromas of cherry, black currant, iron minerality, soft spice, carnation, roasted herb and rose petal. Black cherry, blackberry, pomegranate, black pepper and iron minerality are framed by firm tannins and fresh acidity. Tarry earth and black cherry infuse the plush finish. Silky, agile and easy drinking.
Nerello Mascalese and Frappato
Terre Siciliane IGP
Estate Bottled by Lamoresca di Filippo Rizzo