Palmento Costanzo. Etna Rosato 'Mofete'
Grape: Nerello Mascalese
Not so much a rosé, more a light red, rosehip, cherry and woodland strawberry aromas, mineral and intense with the lightest touch of tannins, faded fruit flavours, floral and slight.
The vineyard is north facing at an altitude of between 700-750m. Soils are seventy percent black and brown volcanic sands, rich in organic matter. The vines are traditionally trained using a goblet system where the vine is supported with a chestnut pole, the vines are between thirty and one hundred years old and yield around a kilogram of fruit per plant.
The harvest must be manual and grapes are selected in the vineyard and on a sorting table before pressing. Fermentation is in temperature controlled steel tanks at eighteen degrees using indigenous yeasts, the wine remains on the skins for around twelve hours. The wine undergoes a partial malolactic conversion (fermentation) in steel tanks and is aged in steel tanks for seven months before bottling. 13%