In the very heart of Sicily, between the plain of Gela and the plain of Catania, lies the city of Caltagirone, in the province of Catania. This is the region that gave birth to the Suber wine, made from an indigenous, organically-grown grape variety. The wine has a distinct flavour and a strong, yet elegant, character, qualities that derive from a special combination of terrain and climate. Traditional vine cultivation techniques are combined with a vinification process which uses the latest technology giving a wine of natural quality while at the same time protecting the environment and respecting human labour.
Wine IGT (Typical Geographic Indication) Sicily - Italy
Grape variety: 50% Nero d'Avola, 30% Alicante and 20% Nero Capitano (Frappato)
Production area: Caltagirone (Catania) Italy
Altitude: 1066 ft. a.s.l.
Type of soil: Mediterranean red sands
Type of cultivation: bush-trained
Plant density: 9,000 vines per hectare
Age of vineyard: 7 years
Climate: Mediterranean with hot, dry, windy summers and a good diurnal temperature variation
Ripening and Harvesting: September, manual harvesting.
Vinification : maceration & destemming (80%), pressing
Maceration: 14 days in stainless steel fermentation tanks
Aging: (type of barrels) in 225 and 500 liter used and semiused barrels for a round 12 months
Bottling: around 15 months after harvest with at least 6 months aging in the bottle.
Alcohol content: 14,5%
Organoleptic characteristics: intense red color and distinctive, complex, highly aromatic taste. The contribution of the Nero d'Avola is an aroma of red fruits, such as blackberries or mulberries; the Frappato adds an aftertaste of yellow peach;
the Alicante gives Suber alcoholic strength and enriches it with a hint of fragrant spices.
Serve with: An excellent accompaniment to red meats and cheeses.
Serving temperature: 65-68°F
Storing: Lay the bottle down in a cool room with a stable temperature not in excess of 65°F