Etna Rosso Cru 'Rovittello'

  • Benanti
  • Sicilia, Italy

Method & Production

The 80 year old vineyards of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio which produce this wine are located in the Comune of Castiglione di Sicilia on the Northen slopes of Etna at about 700 metres above sea level. The grapes are late ripening and harvested at the end of October with long maceration of the must with skin contact of 20-25 days in steel tanks. After malolactic fermentation, the wine is left to mature in 225 litre barriques for at least one year, before further bottle refinement of 8-10 months. 

Tasting notes

Red ruby in colour with garnet reflections, the Rovittello is a beautifully harmonic red. It has a slightly ethereal and delicate aroma profile where the wealth of red fruits give way to a complexity of vanilla, chestnuts, cloves and warm spices. The finish is remarkably long and the tannins and balancing acidity indicate a clear benefit to leaving the wine to age for another 5 years. 

Food matching

A gorgeous red to pair with red meats, pasta with rustic and full-flavoured sauces, wild fowl and matured cheeses.