Etna Rosso 'Versante Nord', Nerello Mascalese, Eduardo Torres Acosta, Sicily, Italy 2014

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Etna Rosso 'Versante Nord', Nerello Mascalese, Eduardo Torres Acosta, Sicily, Italy 2014


There's a real sense of tension in this wine, made from old vines that grow on the north side of Mount Etna, but then you would be tense if your feet were planted in black soil in the shadow of one of Europe's most active volcanoes.

It's a blend of Nerello Mascalese (80%) and other indigenous grapes, aged in Slavonian oak, and shows a taut mineral seam that underpins the stony cherry, rhubarb and redcurrant fruit. It's made in quite a 'natural' style, to use a convenient shorthand, and is as true to the terroir as it can be. Only 3,200 bottles produced. 14% alc. Drink now-2022.

Eduardo Torres Acosta is originally from the Canary Islands and began his career working on his father's vineyard in Tenerife, so he knows a thing or two about volcanic wines. In 2012 he moved to Sicily, where he apprenticed with Arianna Occhipinti and later worked at the iconic Passopisciaro winery with Andrea Franchetti. He now makes his own wine from small parcels of old vines scattered around Mount Etna.

Press reviews:

Jancis (Walter Speller): "Youthful mid ruby. Subdued, fine, but holding back on the nose. Red fruit and a hint of rhubarb. A little wild with hints of raw meat. Lively succulent palate with more than a wink to Burgundy. Fine, bitter tannin, very posed yet lively and energetic. Bravo!" 17.5 points

Jancis Robinson MW: "Agreeably 'mineral' nose with lots to chew on and masses of juice. Very accomplished and vital. Damson juice. Lots of energy." 17 points


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