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Occhipinti ‘SP68 Rosso’ Terre Siciliane IGT 2019

Estate: Carrying on in the tradition of her pioneering uncle, Giusto Occhipinti [of COS fame] Arianna Occhipinti has established herself in the pantheon of iconic Sicilian winemakers. She grows only native Sicilian grapes on her 25 hectares, vineyards are farmed organic [certified], biodynamic and with low intervention.

‘SP68’ [named after the main road near her home], is essentially a Cerasuolo di Vittoria, the traditional blend of Frappato and Nero d’Avola of the region. She chooses to label under IGT so that she can age the wine for a shorter time then the DOCG allows, in order to craft a super fresh version of the traditional blend.

Winemaking: Vines are 15 years in age [planted by Arianna] in red sand, chalk, limestone soils at 280 meters in elevation. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts with 2 week skin maceration in concrete tanks, aged 6 months in concrete vats, followed by 1 month in the bottle. Unfiltered.

Tasting Notes: Transparent red-violet in colour, with aromas of black cherry, strawberry, lavender and smoky minerality. Pomegranate, strawberry, black cherry, red currant, trace of wild marigold and a shake of white pepper are framed by tangy acidity and silky black tea tannins. Cranberry, fig and a trace of bergamot infuse the finish. Graceful, sleek and fresh.

70% Frappato, 30% Nero d’Avola
Terre Siciliane IGT
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Arianna Occhipinti
12.5% Alcohol

2 comments on “Occhipinti ‘SP68 Rosso’ Terre Siciliane IGT 2019

  1. CNN in the USA has a Sicilty TV program with Stanley Tucci where he visits arianna.

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    • vineyardlaborer

      CNN Cable News Network Tours of Italy with Stanley Tucci visit Sicilia and he has good footage of his visit with Arianna.


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