Estate: Sitting atop a hill overlooking the town of Faro in the northeast corner of Sicily, the Scarfone family have tended to their vines for generations. Today, Giovanni Scarfone heads the 6 hectare estate; 2.5 hectares of old vine vineyards and the remainder consisting of olive, oak and chestnut trees, along with vegetable gardens. Dedicated to expressing the land and traditional methods of winemaking, he farms using organic and low intervention methods.
Winemaking: Vines are 10-80 years in age at 820-1000 feet in elevation, with layered clay and sandy limestone tuff soils. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts with 12 hours on the skins, aged 6 months in stainless steel. [Giovanni uses extended skin maceration time as this was “the way Southern Italian peasants used to make their rosé”.] Only 330 cases produced.
Tasting Notes: Crisp, funky and focused; with cherry, blood orange, smoky minerality, grilled herbs, tangy acidity gliding across light Darjeeling tea tannins. Earthy spices and wild berries linger between each sleek sip.
Blend of Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, Nocera
Terre Siciliane IGT
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Bonavita di Giovanni Scarfone
€20 [Enoteca purchase in Italy]