Once upon a time, not so long ago, Nerello Mascalese was an outcast. Shunted from tables, looked down upon by sommeliers, the indigenous Sicilian grape was at best ignored, along with the island where it was produced, or at worst associated with a sea of bad wine. Over the past decade, however, the ugly duckling has emerged as a swan: Adored in wine bars, the darling of dinner parties.
One of the island’s indigenous grapes, Nerello Mascalese is at its best in this Etna Rosso. Beautifully balanced, rustic and elegant – the versatility of this wine encapsulates the fervour that surrounds Etna’s boutique producers. Introduce yourself to Sicilian wine, and believe the hype.
Fruit comes from the Terra Costantino estate’s carefully tended Certified Organic vineyard on the southeast slope of Mount Etna. Grapes are harvested by hand, and wine ages in stainless steel and large oak casks prior to bottling.
“This shows meaty aromas with dried strawberries and some dried rose petals. Medium-to full-bodied palate with a beautiful texture and a clean and fruity finish. Drink now.”
92 points, JamesSuckling.com, Dec 2016
“Strawberry jam aromas. Spicy and savoury with dried herbs and wild cherry. Tight and classic.”
Bronze Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards, 2016
“If you like a savoury wine, this is the one. Dried herbs and succulent meat are tantalising against the redcurrant and liquorice notes.”
89 points, Decanter