Benanti Nerello Cappuccio Terre Siciliane IGT 2019


Vineyard in Contrada Cavaliere on the South-western slope of Mount Etna, within the municipality of Santa Maria di Licodia (CT). This area is known for its high elevation (900 m a.s.l. / 2,950 ft a.s.l.), low rainfall rate and abundant luminosity.

Vineyard of Nerello Cappuccio, a red grape variety that has been cultivated on Mount Etna for centuries. Though its origin is unknown, it is considered to be indigenous to the volcano. The volcanic soil is sandy, with an abundance of skeleton and minerals, with sub-acid reaction. The vines are up to 30 years old, organized in rows and trained with spur-pruned cordons, with a density of 6,500-7,000 plants per hectare and a yield of 7,000 kg/ha. The mountainous climate is humid but less rainy than in other areas of Etna in the colder season, with good ventilation and very significant temperature changes between day and night.

The wine matures exclusively in stainless steel for about 12 months and then ages in the bottle for about 6 months.

The wine is deep ruby with distinct violet nuances. Fine aromas of spices, herbs, smoke and delicate red fruit are met with a complementary palate that is dry and medium-bodied with satin tannins, a pleasant acidity and lingering, harmonious flavors of red fruit on the finish.

A very versatile wine that can be paired with red meats, mature cheeses and elaborate meals based on fish or white meats. 

Producer: Benanti 

Country: Italy

Region: Sicily

Varietal: Nerello Cappuccio

Appellation: Terre Siciliane IGT

Vintage: 2019

Size: 750ml