Ayunta, 2017 Etna DOC, Calderara Sottana


Producer


Vintage

2017

Region

ItalySicilia

Appellation

Etna DOC

Cuvée

Calderara Sottana

Varietal

Alicante, Nerello Cappuccio, Nerello Mascalese

Farming

Organic

Vinification

Indigenous yeast fermented, Large format barrel aged, Organically Grown Grapes, Unfined & Unfiltered

Soil Type

Volcanic

This special wine is produced from a field blend grown in a small, steep, incredibly rocky site on the north slopes of Mount Etna called Calderara Sottana. The vineyard is located in the oldest existing soils on the slopes where it is possible to grow grapes. The extremely warm temperatures experienced here due to the dark, rocky volcanic soil bring out some of the most intense flavors and structure imaginable. These ancient vines, planted using traditional massal selection techniques are farmed entirely by hand.
The resulting wine is fermented in open vats using only indigenous yeasts for 21 days and then aged for 24 months in large chestnut ovals and older French oak barrels. 2000 bottles were produced.
To quote the winemaker, “This wine is liquid stone, our tribute to Mount Etna.”  It’s very difficult to argue with that…