Mt Etna is an otherworldly location. Between the omnipresent steam from the vents spread across its slopes, lenticular clouds adorning the summit and regular eruptions, it is not surprising that Roman mythology believed the blacksmithing forge of the god Vulcan was located underneath the volcano. What is surprising is that the slopes of Etna are producing some of the most vibrant wines in Italy. Recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2013, Mt Etna is home to a number of centenarian vines, planted on ancient terraces lined with volcanic scoria.
Palmento Costanzo takes their name from the ancient stone winemaking facility called palmento, and this respect for the history of their environment carries through in their winemaking. Making use of the slopes of the mountain, the winery is gravity fed, reducing their energy consumption and allowing for gentler handling of the grapes. The Mofete range comes the young vines (less than 30 years old), while the Contrada Santo Spirito is from one of Etna’s named Vigna, from old bush trained vines up to 100 years in age!
2016 Contrada Santo SpiritoFrom a North facing slope 780m above sea level. Hand harvested and fermented with indigenous yeast before 24 months maturation in French Ovum barrels.
“Balsamic notes of camphor mingle with mature black-skinned berry, exotic spice and a whiff of violet on this fragrant, delicious red. Made with organic grapes, the smooth, velvety palate offers mature black cherry, prune, white pepper and cinnamon alongside polished, fine-grained tannins.” – 93pts, Kerin O’Keefe for Wine Enthusiast
Retail $84.95 / btl (6 btl/cs)
Only 5 cases available!
2018 Mofete Rosso
Sourced from their young vines spread across the appellation, the grapes are hand harvested and ferment with indigenous yeast. Half the wine matures in French Ovum barrels for 12 months with the other half maturing in stainless steel.
“Dusty savoury raspberry fruit with a brooding exotic spice note. Supple, elegant and savoury with nervy acidity and powdery tannins. Elegant, gentle and sappy.” – 17pts Walter Speller for jancisrobinson.com
Retail $39.95 / btl (6 btl/cs)
2019 Mofete Bianco
The young vines for Mofete come from a number of vineyards across Etna. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeast and spends 4 months maturing on lees in stainless steel.
“Spring blossom, white stone fruit and Mediterranean scrub aromas form the delicate, enticing nose. On the racy palate, crisp acidity accompanies ripe pear, apple and lemon drop candy, while a briny note backs up the already energized finish.” – 92pts, Kerin O’Keefe for Wine Enthusiast
Retail $37.95 / btl (6 btl/cs)
Delivery charges may apply. Some quantities are limited, and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.