On the slopes of Europe's largest, and very much alive, volcano, lie the vineyards of Terre Nere. Nestled in the foothills of Mount Etna, at an altitude anywhere between 400m ASL up to 1000m, these vineyards thrive in the rich and fertile volcanic soils of the Etna D.O.C. There are several subzones that give rise to Cru Vineyards - Calderara, Feudo di Mezzo, Guardiola and Santo Spirito, among others - each one distinctive in its soil, aspect and terracing.
Feudo di Mezzo is the largest cru in the appellation, a homogenous character, but with clear qualitative variations – much like one could say of Clos de Vougeot in Burgundy. From the best parcels it betrays a dusky character, autumnal tones in its cedary-spicy bouquet.
Always the first to be harvested, Feudo di Mezzo is also always the one readiest to open up and generously deliver itself.
98% Nerello Mascalese, 2% Nerello Cappuccio.
Northern slope of Mount Etna, at 650m asl. Shallow, volcanic soils, with a prevalence of ash. Average vine age between 40 - 80 years.
Temperature-controlled fermentation, followed by spontaneous malolactic fermentation and ageing in French oak barriques. Bottled after 16-18 months maturation.