2017 TENUTA DI FESSINA 'ERSE' ROSATOTenuta di Fessina
Producer: Tenuta di Fessina
Grape: Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio
Pronunciation: "ne-rel-lo mas-ca-lay-zee" and "ne-rel-lo cap-poo-cho"
Region: Santa Maria di Licodia, Sicily
Zone: Mt. Etna DOC
Tuscan wine producer Silvia Maestrelli, and Federico Curtaz bought Tenuta di Fessina on Etna’s northern slopes in 2007, part of the growing band of producers on this active volcano. From just a decade ago numbers have increased almost tenfold to around 40 wineries, all of whom make less than 3% of Sicily’s total production.
Erse is named after the Greek goddess of dew as a fitting tribute to the time of day when this dew-kissed vineyard is the most picturesque. Erse is made from a blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio grown in the ancient volcanic soils on the hillsides of Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. The grapes are fermented and in stainless steel in order to deliver all the undiluted character and freshness of this unique terroir.
The classic Sicilian varieties of Nerello Cappuccio and Nerello Mascalese make up this rosato with the characteristic minerality of Etna shining through.
This wine has a floral nose that also brings hints of red fruits along with it. The palate is textured yet not heavy, lending itself to pairing with dishes such as Caponata and Arancini.
Growing System: Bush
Soil Composition: Volcanic sandy loam
Production: Fermentation and aging are carried out in stainless steel tanks
Alcohol (%): 13.5%