2018 Due Terre Nerello Mascalese
100% organic Nerello Mascalese. Grapes were harvested in mid-September, a short 4 day maceration at low temperature to keep the tannins light, fermentation at 65° F/18° C for 12 days with native yeasts, and then simply aged for 15 months in concrete tanks. Nerello Mascalese is an indigenous grape from the island of Sicily that has gained recent fame for the wines it produces on Mount Etna. The grape is naturally high in tannins and light in color, though when grown on lower sandy soils like those we find on the opposite side of the island from Etna in the Southwest, it can be more approachable when young. An excellent alternative where you might use any medium bodied, earthy Italian red. Grilled meats, sausages, tomato based sauces, etc. ~Mike Guerra, Enoteca Direct
About Due Terre Wines
Due Terre Wines is a collaborative effort between friends - made from the indigenous grapes of Italy - certified organic, delicious, affordable, and well packaged. All the wines are produced as 100% pure varietals with minimal intervention and wine making in order to allow the characteristics of the grape to shine through.
The winery was founded by Vito Lauria who revitalised his family’s old operation upon returning to Sicily from his studies and work experiences in Northern Italy. Due Terre is based on important, historic relationships that Vito has with small, family growers working organically around Mt. Bonifato. These are growers that have usually been practising organics for many, many years and who have genuine engagement with the vines and love for their land. Wines are all fermented on native yeast and guided in to the bottle with the aim of letting the quality of the fruit speak without the need for manipulation or heavy sulphite doses.