Erse Etna DOC Red of Tenuta di Fessina comes from a blend of Nerello Cappuccio and Nerello Mascalese. A photograph of the traditional vineyards of Etna, dedicated to the Greek goddess of the dew. Elegance and strong territoriality. Full-bodied and silky, it satisfies the taste of those who seek an everyday wine with the extension of Nerelli and an 'immediate enjoyment.
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|Designation||Etna Rosso DOC|
|Alcohol Content||13,5% vol.|
|Formats||Bottle of 750 ml.|
|Tasting||Color - light Rubino Scent - Fruits with intense spicy notes, typical of the variety Taste - soft tannins and austere, enveloping wine simple and immediate.|
|Food matches||Mixed cold cuts, Red Meat|
|Service temperature||16° C.|
|Suggested glass||Large calyx with a long stem|
|Awards||Gambero Rosso 2 Glasses|
|Scores||James Suckling 91/100|
Erse Etna DOC Red, a blend of Nerello Cappuccio and Nerello Mascalese grapes, is the quintessential representation of a traditional Etnean vineyard. Erse is Fessina’s most fragrant Etna DOC wine and is named after the Greek goddess of dew. A “morning wine” because of its intensely fruity notes and pleasant freshness. The grapes come from a vineyard lying on an east-facing slope and, thus, shaded from the afternoon heat. An elegant and terroir-driven wine, full-bodied and silky-textured. Immediately enjoyable, it makes the ideal everyday table wine.
Tenuta di Fessina is an emotional project which took shape as Silvia Maestrelli’s love of this land rich in contrasts grew deeper and deeper. In 2007, with the help of winemaker Federico Curtaz, who had worked as Gaja’s agronomist for twenty years, the Tuscan wine producer purchased an old vineyard of Nerello Mascalese grapes dating back to the past century. In the middle of the vineyard stood a true gem: an eighteenth-century lava millstone with the chianca- the winepress- still intact. I' vigne di Fessina, as the locals have always called the Rovittello vineyards, located in the town of Castiglione di Sicilia, show all the love and care poured into them by the previous owners, to whom we dedicate our Nerello Mascalese cru wine, Il Musmeci ETNA DOC Red, to thank them for having preserved and protected the vineyards growing on Mount Etna. At first glance, Fessina may look like a golden fruit garden or a small whispering wood of bright green tree crowns ruffled by the nourishing wind blowing from the Mountain of Fire, set between two fertile lava flows, with age-old twisted trees sculpted by nature. It is really quite impossible not to fall in love with it at first sight.
Fessina’s throbbing heart beats at 670 meters above sea level. The vineyards-extending over about seven hectares-, are enclosed by two semicircular, centuries-old lava flows, which protect the vineyards and create a unique microenvironment, just like the walls enclosing the French “clos” do. Hazel groves, olive trees and vineyards alternate, creating a patchwork of tilled land interspersed with dark lava stone walls. Fessina is also home to some very old vines, trained with the traditional, ancient gobelet system, with high planting density per hectare and low yield.
The vines are rooted in shallow, black soils composed of sand, pumice stones and clay and rich in trace elements: iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and manganese. The wines they give feature outstanding richness and complexity of aromas as well as an interesting and elegant structure. The intense minerality stands out on both the nose and the palate. Winters in Rovittello are bitter cold with heavy snowfall, springs are mild and rainy, summers are hot and dry, autumns are long, warm with large night-day temperature swing.
“Vertical” wines with marked acidity and a clear-cut aromatic profile. In Fessina, winegrowing is done by hand, as in the Valtellina region and in the Moselle and Rhine valleys: the vineyards are terraced along steep hillsides. That is where Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Carricante grapes grow. It is not organic winegrowing, it is simply “vine-conscious”: we do and use only what the vine needs.