The second wine made from blending bio-dynamically grown grapes on the amphitheatre of terraces planted next to the winery in 2013, with those harvested from the 90 year old vineyard across the road. CR stands for Contrada Crasa, the home of “Vino di Anna”.
The young vineyard is a massal selection of Nerello Mascalese, grown on own roots, with a small percentage of Nerello Cappuccio and Grecanico; keeping with the planting tradition of the area. Both vineyards are trained as bush vines (alberello) and are farmed entirely by hand, using biodynamic preparations. Grapes are hand harvested. Harvest in 2018 was slightly earlier than normal due to the warm, dry summer conditions. Picking occurred for both vineyards at the end of September. The grapes were destemmed by hand into a 30hl open, old wooden fermenter.
Fermentation was conducted by spontaneous yeasts, with no temperature control. The grapes were foot trodden and/or plunged regularly during the two week period on skins. After pressing, the newly fermenting wine was placed in a used 20hl wooden casks where it remained until bottling in September 2019.
The 2017 Vino di Anna Rosso is made from a blend of two vineyards of Nerello Mascalese, one old, one new, located in the Contrada Crasa, either side of the winery. 50% of the blend is from “Vigna Jules”, a 90 year old bush vine vineyard purchased in 2010, and farmed bio-dynamically for the past 3 years. 50% is the first crop from a beautiful, amphitheatre of terraces located behind the winery.
These terraces were planted in 2014 & 2015 to a massal selection of Nerello Mascalese, on their own roots. A small percentage of Nerello Cappuccio, Alicante and autochthonous white grapes were also planted at the same time in keeping with the tradition of the area.
Both vineyards were harvested separately, destemmed and fermented by indigenous yeasts in a mastellone. The Vigna Jules wine was full of dark cherries and spice, dense and complex with a firm tannin structure. The other vineyard gave a vibrant, crunchy wine, full of red fruit flavours.
Blending the two together gave a harmony and balance and reunited the two properties grown in the same Contrada.
Vino di Anna Rosso 2014
Only the second time this wine has been made and bottled, the last time was in 2011. 80 yr old bush vines of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio (10%), grown high on the north face of Mt Etna were hand harvested. The bunches of grapes were perfect in 2014 so a 15 hL wooden cask was filled with 100% whole bunches and left to ferment for 6 weeks. The grapes were not manipulated during this time. Once sufficient tannins and flavour had been extracted and the wine was balanced in structure the grapes were pressed. The new wine was aged for 9 months in the same oak cask prior to bottling without fining or filtration.
Fragrant, complex, multi-layered. Ripe red fruits with savoury undertones. Firm acidity and an austere tannin structure.
Vino di Anna Rosso 2011
100% whole bunch Nerello Mascalese was fermented in a 15 hL oak botti for 6 weeks. The wine was basically untouched during this time. Once it was decided that sufficient tannins and flavour had been extracted and the wine was balanced, it was basket pressed. It was then aged for 9 months in the same large oak cask prior to bottling without fining, filtration or addition of SO2.