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Tenuta delle Terre Nerre Etna Rosso Guardiola 2017

Guardiola is another tiny Cru of just 1.6ha, an adjacent extension of the Santo Spirito vineyard up the slopes of Mt Etna to 800-1,000m in attitude. Noticeably cooler, the soil is also poorer with very little volcanic ash and a majority of sand and volcanic pebbles. Terracing is required and it becomes narrower with every step upwards. Despite the vines being 50-75 years old they are wizened and scrawny, rather than thick with abundant wood. This is a tough climate, regularly blanketed in snow in the winter, and always the last of the Crus harvested in late October.

The character of the wine is a reflection of its environment. Restrained, tightly coiled and nervous it really is the one cru that needs a few years in bottle to relax and reveal its best qualities. The energetic structure and fresh acidity reminds me of a Nuit-St-Georges, with its spicy austerity that definitely rewards the patient. A thrilling delicate perfume can entrance for hours.

Extremely limited stock.

  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2017
  • Origin: Mount Etna / Sicily / Italy
  • Grapes: Nerello Mascalese / Nerello Cappuccio

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