Insieme Nero D’Avola No Added Sulphur
Soft and supple with rich depth, and a lingering smooth black cherry fruit finish.
15.5/20 JancisRobinson.com - 'Dark red. Scented. Soot-dusted fruit, a tinge of undergrowth. Delicate red berries but a little lean on the finish line.' Tamlyn Currin, December 2014 (2013 vintage)
'Insieme' means 'together' in Italian and signifies the partnership between this winery and the Stellar winery in South Africa, which is a leading organic and fair trade estate, also specialising in 'No Sulphur Added' (NSA) wines.
To produce an NSA wine requires incredible attention to detail, using hand selected optimally ripe grapes that are carefully handled and brought to the winery for processing as quickly as possible. Maximum cleanliness in the winery is crucial in order to reduce any possible unwanted microbiological growth, and oxygen must be excluded at all costs whilst the wine is being stored.
A tiny amount of sulphur (around 20 ppm) is present and only there as it's formed naturally, as part of the fermentation process itself. An increasing number of people see avoiding additives as a stepping stone towards health improvement, and it's gratifying to know one can enjoy outstanding quality wines at the same time!
Feudo di Santa Tresa
Located in Modica, one of Sicily's most ancient areas for wine production. Here, the fifty hectare estate lies close enough to the Mediterranean to benefit from it's cooling breezes, this coupled with its sandy loam topsoil sitting over a well drained limestone base creates a perfect healthy, organic grape growing environment. An estate to watch, the wines just keep improving and the new Fiano is a superb example. Their No Added Sulphur 'Insieme' really does prove that 'less is more'!