VINOSAURUS - An organic rosé that’s full of Sicilian sunshine.
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Sicily is a good place to farm organically, thanks to those warm winds keeping the bugs at bay. Feudo di Santa Tresa has been making organic wines for almost two decades, under the watchful eye of its founder Stefano Girelli hailing from the mainland, but a real champion of the island’s native grapes.
The Italians I know always seem somewhat indifferent, even a bit snobbish, about rosé wine, but I am certain that this delicious wine would win them over.
The Frappato brings a floral lift and there’s lovely bright, refreshing red cherry fruit. It’s a richer salmon pink than Provence rosé, but the colour – which comes from a short, gentle ‘maceration’ with the grape skins – is actually quite restrained, compared with most Italian rosato. It tastes bone dry, with some delicious texture from contact with the lees (spent yeast cells from the fermentation), making it an excellent match for food, if you haven’t already quaffed it as an aperitivo.
Author: David Kermode
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