Grapes: Perricone V12
Style: Powerful, full-bodied and fruity
Perricone is a native Sicilian grape frequently blended with Nero d’Avola. It may also be blended with other typical Italian grapes occurring in Sicily such as Nerello Mascalese and Sangiovese. The international varieties Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir are also sometimes used. Less commonly, as in this case, it makes an interesting and different varietal wine. Fondirò is made from a very old Perricone clone known as V12. Grown in the Fondirò plateau, this area also has a high calcareous clay content. A steep, craggy hill as well as the vineyard aspect and altitude confer a very favourable mesoclimate for cultivating this grape. Harvest is in mid-October and the grapes are transferred to vertical fermenters with mechanical soft plunger systems for 30 days. Aging is partly in stainless steel and partly in new oak for about 36 months with a final maturation in bottle for an additional minimum of 12 months. Notably, the wine is labelled simply Vino Rosso avoiding the need to conform with DOC/DOP or even IGT/IGP regulations. The result of the viticultural and wine-making endeavours is a wine which is deep red with purplish hues. The bouquet suggests plums and dark berries while on the palate it is powerful, full-bodied and fruity with a long-lasting aromatic finish. Enjoy with grilled meat, cutlets, steak, venison, chicken parmigiana or even some lovely Carrigaline cheese.
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