IR12719

Allegracore, Etna Rosso, Fattorie Romeo del Castello 2019



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75cl ALC 13.5%


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Italy, Italy, Sicily

Still Red

Medium-bodied

Environmentally friendly

Drink Now

2019

Veal, Pan-fried

13.5%

75cl

Fattorie Romeo del Castello

Fattoria Romeo del Castello is just outside Randazzo, Sicily on the slopes of Mount Etna. The estate is owned by Rosanna Romeo and her daughter Chiara Vigo who are breathing new life into this property. In the family for four generations, the existence of the entire estate was threatened in 1981 by an eruption of Etna.

Fortunately 14 out of the 30 hectares were spared including most of the oldest vines although much of the rest of the property was lost or had to be sold. The vineyards are located at 700 metres altitude around the Alcantara River on the slopes of the mountain. Until Chiara returned in 2007 the estate had not produced its own wine for many years but a chance meeting with consultant Salvo Foti persuaded her of the importance of what she had and with his help it was bought back to life. The only grape grown is Nerello Mascalese with their 14 hectares comprising old vines ranging from 70 – 100 years of age. Methods are traditional with the aim being to move to biodynamic viticulture. Winemaking involves natural yeasts with minimum sulphur. The results are extraordinary, elegant, Burgundian style wines full of character.

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Vintage guide

A dry winter followed by a hot summer has certainly affected yields in 2022, but the quality looks excellent across the country. Small but perfectly formed seems to sum up the 2021 vintage here. Across most of the country the 2020 vintage is looking very good indeed with ripe fruit and lovely aromatics. A classic if not straight forward vintage 2019 has delivered some excellent wines but in smaller quantity. Overall, the results are very good in 2018, though a warm wet early summer led to disease pressures in many parts of the country. The Northeast, home to Prosecco amongst others did particularly well; so too did Tuscany and Piedmont but yields were a little down in some estates. 2017 saw a small crop of excellent wines; spring frosts and a later heatwave nicknamed ‘Lucifer’ reduced yields, but you’ll find good results on the whole with excellent results in Piedmont. Yields were down in 2016 but quality is high, Piedmont and Tuscany at least as good as 2015. 2015 is generally an excellent vintage across Italy, perhaps reds having the edge over whites. A year that necessitated a lot of work in the vineyards due to the rains, 2014 produced some surprisingly good results with elegant fresh wines across the country.

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