Mortellito - Cala Niuru Rosso 2020
Grapes: Frappato / Nero d'Avola
Calaniuru Rosso is driven predominantly by the bright freshness of Frappato, delivering pulpy red cherry and strawberry fruit laden with herbal, almost tea like savoriness and lithe tannins. The Nero lends a little added structure and spice but make no mistake, this is still a decidedly light-handed wine. Fresh and eminently drinkable, this is a bottle that takes perfect to a light chill and sunshine.
Dario Serrentino is the driving force behind this family owned estate which spans 25 hectares of vines, ancient olive groves and heirloom almonds.
After years of selling his grapes to local, low-intervention stalwarts like Frank Cornelissen and Lamoresca, the dawn of 2014 saw Dario make the call to begin vinifying his own wines and for this we are very grateful.
Darios relaxed nature shines through in his wines and with this approach he has reached his ultimate goal in creating artisan wines with extreme freshness and drinkability.
His farming is organic and his vines are grown in the old school bush vine system with harvesting only by hand. The light handed approach continues in the cantina with the only additions being small amounts of sulphur at bottling.
Darios Val di Noto vineyards are deep in the Southeast corner of the Sicilian triangle, dipping down to almost the same latitudes as some of Sicily's North African neighbours
In spite of this sub-tropical climate, his immaculately farmed organic fruit coupled with his white limestone soils translates into wines with a level of freshness, balance and tension - that are not often seen in these parts.
These are wines that transport us to Sicily.... drinking them is like taking in its sunshine and bathing in its salty cool sea.