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2018 Sul Vulcano Etna Rosso, Donnafugata, Sicily, Italy

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2018 Sul Vulcano Etna Rosso, Donnafugata, Sicily, Italy

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A star of the tricky 2018 vintage, this Nerello Mascalese manages to combine finesse on a great structure that will actually improve with a bit of bottle age. Full of red fruit, minerality and verve, great acidity and bursting with red fruit, this is a foodie wine that will pair well with so many dishes from hamburgers to roulade!

Nerello Mascalese is an indigenous highly regarded grape in Sicily, dark-skinned, that grows on the volcanic soils of Mount Etna in Sicily.


A sophisticated Etna red with the bright red-fruit and orange-zest aromas that make this appellation stand out in the Sicilian context. Elegant balance of fine tannins and fruit on the medium-bodied palate that shunts up the energy level when the mineral acidity kicks in at the finish. Drink or hold. 93 Points. James Suckling


A foodie wine that's going to be a match for so many meat dishes as well as more meaty vegetables like aubergine. Ideal for antipasti too.


Manual harvesting into crates with careful selection of the grapes in the vineyard. Selection on a vibrating table, followed by grape selection thanks to a latest generation destemmer. Fermentation in stainless steel with maceration on the skins for 8-10 days at a temperature of 25 °C. Aging partly in tanks and partly in French oak (second and third passage barriques) for 14 months and then at least 7 months in bottle before release. Partly in tanks and partly in French oak (second and third passage barriques) for 14 months and then at least 7 months in bottle before release.


The highly memorable labels of Donnafugata match well to the company ethos and unique craftsmanship that go into each and every one of these wines. Benefitting from the explosion of interest in Sicily in the early '00s, along with Planeta and Banfi, Donnafugata have gone from strength to strength internationally where their labels are highly sought after for the wine in bottle as well as the Instagram opportunity!

With vineyards across Sicily, Donnafugata offer a great barometers to the quality of any vintage for the entire island.

Sustainability is a policy followed very seriously at Donnafugata wines. Minimising the use of chemical fertilisers, cluster thinning techniques and maximising the use of natural resources are some steps that the team makes in this aspect. 

Donnafugata wines are created with the grapes sourced from regions such as Contessa Entellina, Pantelleria, Vittoria, Etna and Marsala. Close to 283 hectares are used for cultivating the vines. The diverse climatic conditions, soil quality and the terroirs of these places make them ideal for growing certain indigenous varietals such as Ansonica, Grecanico, Nero d’Avola, Grillo and Catarratto. 


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This wine should be stored around 12°C and served between 16-18°C.


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    2018 Sul Vulcano Etna Rosso, Donnafugata, Sicily, Italy

    Wine Card
    Wine Producer Donnafugata
    Wine Region Sicily
    Wine Classification Etna Rosso DOC
    Wine Type Red
    Grape Variety Nerello Mascalese
    Vintage 2018
    Vintage Quality Good to Excellent - Parker
    Maturity Drinking Today
    Body Mid Bodied
    Sweetness Dry
    Alcohol % 13%
    Bottle Type Burgundy 75cl
    Serving Temperature 16-18°C
    Food Pairing Roulade, Chicken Salad, Aubergine
    Awards 90 Points - Decanter
    93 Points - James Suckling

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