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Tasca d`Almerita – Rosso del conte 750 ml – 1500 ml

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San Lucio was the first large vineyard established on the Regaleali Estate, from which the first and subsequent editions of Rosso del Conte were created. It covers about 7 hectares, of which 5.5 were planted in 1959 with mixed plants of Perricone and Nero d’Avola, while a portion of about 1.5 hectares was planted in 1965 solely with Nero d’Avola. The vineyard is 480 metres above sea level, with a south-south-east exposure. The soil is yellowish brown, loamy-sandy, partly calcareous, with a slight amount of skeleton; the pH is slightly alkaline (8.5). The oldest vineyard of Regaleali usually gives a medium level of vigour to the vines, a prerequisite for the balanced ripening of red medium-late grapes. It is capable of resisting the effects of extreme climates, whether hot or cold, and produces only a few grams of grapes per plant, but of an incredible constancy in quality. The vines are cultivated as bushes, the oldest and most widespread technique in the semi-arid regions of the Mediterranean. The planting density, amounting to 4,400 plants per hectare, is also classic, and is realised by placing the vines at a distance of 1.5 metres from each other. At Regaleali, short pruning is adopted for red varieties, with three-four spurs of two buds.
Often short pruning is carried out in association with a brace for tying up the shoots that develop from the spurs.
The two varieties, Perricone and Nero d’Avola, have a similar vegetative cycle: they are fairly late grapes, which ripen on average between the end of September and the beginning of October. Faithful expression of the territory from which it comes – the high hills in the centre of Sicily – on an aromatic level, Rosso del Conte never exceeds in overripe notes while still ensuring a full phenolic maturation. Exuberant, vibrant, energetic in its youth, with ageing it develops a velvety tactile texture, without losing tone or taste progression. In its long history, it has known different stylistic variations, in particular in the technique of ageing: chestnut barrels, Slavonian oak, small French oak barrels. However, it always maintains its unique identity.

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Description

Grapes: Nero d’Avola (58%), Perricone (42%)

Appellation: Red – Contea di Sclafani DOC

Growing area: Regaleali Estate – Palermo – Sicily

Vineyard: Vigna San Lucio

Year of planting: 1965

Elevation: 480 m a.s.l.

Exposure: South/West

Training system: bush

Pruning system: short spur

Vines per ha: 4,400

Yields per ha: 76 ql

Harvest: September 15th

Fermentation: traditional for reds in stainless steel tanks

Fermentation temperature: 20°C at start 28°C at finish

Length of fermentation: 20 days

Malolactic fermentation: full

Ageing: 225-liter French oak barrels (Allier and Tronçais) all new, for 18 months

Alcohol content: 14,5% Vol.

Wine analytical data: pH 3,27 – TA 7,12 g/l – RS 1,2 g/l – TE 34,6 g/l

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