With October arriving so has the rain, winds and chill that we associate with autumn. The colours are changing and with it a new kind of mood descends upon us all. For me it means finding a cosy corner, with a good book, some good food and a great bottle of wine. For this week we have been inspired by Italy and a good risotto with mushrooms. And with it a fine wine from Sicily.
The name of this weeks wine definitely has a female ring to it. The name Donnafugata refers to the novel by Tomasi di Lampedusa entitled Il Gattopardo (The Leopard). A name that means “donna in fuga” (woman in flight) and refers to the story of a queen who found refuge in the part of Sicily where the company’s vineyards are located today. An adventure that inspired the corporate logo: the image of a woman’s head with windblown hair that dominates every bottle. Donnafugata labels are also works of art created or inspired by Gabriella Rallo, as are the names of the wines, an homage to art and literature.
With wines from Sicily, the Volcano Etna is never far away. And so it is with Dea Vulcano as well. A blend of Nerello Mascalese and some Nerello Calluccio it hs been manual harvested in boxes with careful selection of the grapes in the vineyard. Fermentation in steel with maceration on the skins for 8-10 days at a temperature of 25° C. Aging for 14 months, partly in cement tanks and partly in French oak (second and third passage barriques) and then at least 10 months in the bottle before being sold.
Dea Vulcano Etna Rosso 2019 - 249,90 kr
A fine ruby red colour. Cherry and red fruits with hints of violets on the nose. Fine and delicate tannins makes it easy to drink. The cherry notes continues in the mouth with cherry stone also present. Also hints of strawberry and some pepper. Nice length and good structure. A good wine for both comfort and foods like mushroom risotto or traditional Italian Anti Pasti.