Bonavita 2017 Rosato, Terre Siciliane IGP
Item Number: 11399
Sub Region: Messina
Appellation/AVA: Terre Siciliane IGP
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): Nerello Mascalese / Nocera
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Elevation: 250-300 meters asl
Vineyard Notes: The oldest vines are 80 years old and planted in Alberello style. The younger vines are 10 years old and trained in espalier system. The vineyard is farmed organically. Organic substances, such as green manure of legume, are annually introduced into the soil. Careful early pruning is carried out to possibly avoid or decrease anti-parasitic treatment based on low doses of copper and sulphur. Excess bunches of grapes are thinned out where necessary.
Winemaking Notes: The appellation is IGT Terre Siciliane, but this is made entirely of estate-grown Faro fruit. Grapes are manually harvested at the end of September. Grapes macerate on the skins for about 12 hours. Fermentation occurs with native yeasts in neutral barrels with no temperature control.
Tasting Notes: The long maceration results in an intensely, dark and dry rosato with deep strawberry and cranberry fruit. This is not your pale Provencal rose. The nose is a multifaceted bouquet with red currant and citrus alternating sweet to salty. There is tension on the palate and an added dimension of complexity, which makes the wine a choice match for some richer summer favorites like barbecue or pastas. Try with seared tuna and a fresh tomato salad or BBQ ribs.
Summer Loving: 17 Rosés to Drink by Joseph Hernandez for Chicago Tribune 5/31/17
"Hailing from a small family vineyard in Sicily and made from handpicked, wild-fermented indigenous grapes, this wine is plush and full-bodied. There’s a bit of volatile acid on opening up the bottle, a flaw to some people, but to others a scent reminiscent of sour beers and ales. If you like those beer styles, give this a whiff, with its pronounced sour cherry nose and a bit of a Red Hots-cinnamony palate."