Contrada C 2021
ABOUT THE VINTAGE
Contrada Chiappemacine is a small district, located at 550m a.s.l ., the lowest of the five. This vineyard produces a full and round wine because of the sandstone soil that is found at the limits of the lava flows. The breezes of the day and a few roots that reach up to the limestone give a full, frustrating and with body wine. We have 1,3 Ha of vineyard in this Contrada.
2021 vintage on the northern side of Mount Etna can be defined as “bizarre”.
Between November and December 2020 we had some rains, even copious in some moments, which brought a discreet water reserve to the plants, especially in the vineyards facing east. This was great for the new vineyard in Contrada Montedolce planted during 2020 Spring.
Starting into the new year, there was a thermic swing between early January and mid-February with rains and even some snow that barely reached the highest vineyards (800/1000 m.) and then an odd heat until the end of February and the beginning of March.
Spring surprises us with low temperatures until the end of May, making me “dream” of the seasonal regularity of past years.
But it’s only a dream!
Suddenly, with the arrival of June, Summer arrives.
The vines, that were a bit late, explode now filling the valley and its splendid terraces with emerald green, going with rhythm towards flowering and fruit set. What a joy!!
Heat, heat and more heat lead us to manage the foliage like haute couture and to support the plants with generous irrigation at night. We don’t need to water the old and centuries-old Nerello Mascalese vines that are able to draw lifeblood from their complex and deep root system.
Fiery sunrises and sunsets follow one another, catching the winegrower’s attention! Suddenly, the Chardonnay grapes were ready to be harvested after August 15th, we promptly started bringing to the cellar perfect and fragrant grapes, these grapes will produce a more intense and fragrant wine.
We were waiting for the temperature drop and the moderate rains at the beginning of September and they finally arrived, allowing us to start red grapes harvest just before mid-October. Days of blue skies, cool and crystalline nights help us to carry out the several harvests of the red grape varieties with our usual style, thus creating red wines of perfect ripeness and good balance.
Jamessucklingcom – James Suckling, 94 points: Polished and lightly chewy with berry, strawberry and pumice aromas and flavors. It’s medium- to full-bodied but not heavy with tannin tension and fresh acidity. Cashmere. The vineyards are about 500 meters high. Open grained. Drink or hold.
James Button, Decanter, 93 points: Contrada Chiappemacine is the lowest of Passopisciaro’s contrada bottling, situated at 550m where the estate owns 1.2ha of vines on a thin layer of lava over limestone bedrock. A bold nose with some alcohol alongside intense hedgerow berry and herb scents leads to a tightly wound, succulent and sapid palate. A concentrated sweet, creamy red fruit core is wrapped in a veil of stony, floral notes and fine, structural tannins, with a touch of alcohol evident on the finish. 4.000 bottles produced.
100% Nerello Mascalese
1,800 feet (550 meters)