Duca di Montalbo
Grapes: Nero d’Avola and Nerello Cappuccio
Style: Powerful and full-bodied
Duca di Montalbo is a complex red wine made from specially chosen clones of Nero d’Avola and Nerello Cappuccio. Only produced in selected years, the vines grow in the Montalbo area of the Milazzo vineyards. The soil is technically 100% calcareous marl containing large amounts of calcium. If water stress is good for grape vines, this site must be optimal having been described as a lunar landscape! Only vines from vineyards over 50 years of age with very low yields are used. There is a long ripening period and the harvest is relatively late towards the end of October. Bunches are manually selected and gently destemmed before final berry selection. The grapes are transferred to vertical tanks for a long maceration period. Different barrels were used for Nero d’Avola and Nerello Cappuccio and the wine rested for 48 months in wood before being bottled. 2007 is regarded as an excellent year for red Sicilian wine with a long, hot summer exceptional for grape maturation. Described by the makers as “our most precious red wine” it is deep red in colour with aromas of blackberry, plum and spices. Powerful and full-bodied on the palate, it is rich in silky, soft tannins of exceptional quality with a long and persistent finish. An ideal accompaniment to meat and poultry dishes, the 2004 vintage swept the Gold Medal at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.
If you are new to Northwestern Wine, you are welcome to try a sample of this wine. You can order your samples on the website or contact us by email.