Winery: Canary Islands native Eduardo Torres Acosta, worked his family’s vineyards on Tenerife before moving to Sicily in 2012 and apprenticing at famed Azienda Arianna Occhipinti. He managed to buy and rent several small parcels on Mount Etna, producing his first vintage in 2014. He used Arianna Occhipinti’s cellar until 2018, when he was able to set up his own on Etna. His small plots of high elevation, old vines [50-80+ years in age] stretch across varying contrada, currently he owns 3 hectares, whilst still renting some plots, all on the north side of Etna.
Winemaking: Grapes are from 6 plots on the cool north side of Etna [reflected in the name ‘Versante Nord’], at 750-950 meters in elevation, with fine sand and volcanic ash over sedimentary rocks. Additionally, grapes from the lower elevation Allegracore and Pietramarina contrada were added in the 2017 vintage. Partially destemmed [more stems in 2017 to lower the alcohol as it was a hot year] and part whole cluster spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts in cement tanks without temperature control. “The different parcels are vinified and aged for a time separately, then blended into huge Slavonian oak botti for further aging.” Unfiltered, unfined, minimal sulphur.
Tasting Notes: Transparent garnet in colour, with aromas of strawberry, black cherry, herbs, smoky earth, peppery spice, rose petal and a shake of cinnamon. Black cherry, blackberry, strawberry, grilled herbs, black pepper, a streak of iron minerality and tangy acidity glide across a grippy tannin core. Pomegranate, red currant, shake of cinnamon and a wisp of smoke linger on the spicy finish. Compelling and expressive.
85% Nerello Mascalese, 15% traditional field varieties
Terre Siciliane IGT