Girolamo Russo “A Rina” 2016
SPECIAL 6 PACK BUY. From Sicily’s Mt Etna.
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Girolamo Russo is an iconic Etna producer, founded in 2005 by Giuseppe Russo in memory of his late father. The family are native of Passopisciaro, one of the key villages at the heart of the rebirth of Etna’s most important indigenous grape variety, Nerello Mascalese. This is the north face of Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna, in the north-east of Sicily.
The Russos have 26 hectares of land in and around Passopisciaro, with 15 hectares of vineyards surrounded by olive and hazelnut groves. The vineyards are high up, between 650 and 780 metres above sea level, inland from the beautiful town of Taormina. Many of the free-standing bush vines are over 80 years old, surviving in harmony with Etna’s black, mineral-rich volcanic soil. Giuseppe works the vineyards organically and makes the wines himself. He vinifies each parcel separately, seeking out their individual identities in a series of wines that reflect the diverse character of their terroirs.
100% estate grown fruit (Nerello Mascalese 94%, Nerello Cappuccio 6%) from 3 ‘contradas’ or vines San Lorenzo ( the highest vineyard not far from town Randazzo), Feudo and Calderara Sottana. The 3 sites add nuances of flavour and complexity. Pedigree of fruit only going into these fine wines.13.5% Alc
This is their entry level Nerello Mascalese and what a ripper it is! Juicy, high toned red fruits, some black cherry, hint of dried herbs, lovely depth of fruit with supple, velvety tannins and more-ish minerality … no doubt about it this extraordinary grape, indigenous to Sicily’s Mt Etna reminds me of Pinot Noir or nebbiolo but with a touch more savoury minerality no doubt from the volcanic soils. This rosso is a delight!
RRP $58 ** OUR SPECIAL 6 PACK BUY … Only $47.99 when you buy 6 of this wine**
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Etna, Italy, Sicily
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