Tenuta di Castellaro, Lipari Islands, Sicily, Italy
This biodynamically-farmed estate on the beautiful Lipari islands just north of Sicily produces the most impressively and genuinely “mineral” red wine you are likely to have experienced. These islands are volcanic and the traditional “Albarello” method of planting vines which look like small trees helps to absorb the maximum amount of flavour and nutrients from this rugged soil. The wines are made totally naturally except for a small dose of Sulphur at bottling to protect the wine on its journey up to Switzerland and its future mellowing in bottle.
The wine is made from 60% Nerello Mascalese with the balance comprising other equally little-known local grapes and is about as typically and uniquely Italian in its dark, black fruit flavours as it is possible to find! The style is more Burgundian than anything else, which is astonishing given the Islands’ southerly location, but a result of the cooling sea breezes off the Mediterranean and the thin volcanic soil. Definitely worth a try!
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Producer Homepage: www.tenutadicastellaro.it