Passopisciaro Contrada “Sciaranuova” 2019, Etna
Passopisciaro produces six different bottlings of 100% Nerello Mascalese, the native grape to Mt. Etna, in order to showcase the profound differences in the terroir that come from lava flow, aspect, and altitude. The vines are all between 70-100 years old. The wines undergo fermentation in steel vats, followed by malolactic and 18 months aging in large neutral oak barrels; this minimal intervention approach to winemaking allows the differences in terroir to shine.
Contrada Sciaranuova is located at 850 meters (2,800 feet) above sea level on Mount Etna. In Sicilian, “sciara nuova” means “new lava flow.” The vines here are planted on relatively new lava flow from the 1600s that has turned into thick gravel. The wines produced from this site are bright, aromatic, and have a rich taste of fermented hay and a dusty herbal quality. Contrada S displays especially perfumed aromas with pointed and highly focused tannins.