Cortese – Nostru Nerello Mascalese 2017

£11.95

Fine and complex aromas and flavours reminiscent of fresh red fruits with a sophisticated spicy character. Medium bodied, silky-smooth tannins and a remarkable mineral core. A great wine for the price and a lovely example of this highly regarded Sicilian varietal. Great with fowl, mushroom, eggplant and even red meat pasta dishes.

 

 

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Cortese – Nostru Nerello Mascalese 2017

Producer: Azienda Agricola Cortese

Winemaker: Stefano Chioccioli

Country: Italy

Region: Terre Siciliane IGP

Grapes: Nerello Mascalese

Certifiied Organic

The Cortese story is fascinating. A sprawling vineyard in the Ragusa region of Southern Sicily, it was previously owned by the locally infamous matriarch Giovanna Cortese. As Signora Cortese reached an age where she was no longer able to manage the land anymore, she decided to sell to Italian wine legend Stefano Girelli in 2016 who immediately set about transforming it. While modernising in some ways, he decided to keep all the very old vines of unusual varietals and even began to use ancient wine-making techniques such as fermentation in terracotta. The result is a unique and interesting range of artisinal wines that are truly representative of the Terre Sicilane.

Cortese – Nostru Nerello Mascalese 2017 is has fine and complex aromas and flavours reminiscent of fresh red fruits with a sophisticated spicy character.

Medium bodied, silky-smooth tannins and a remarkable mineral core.

Pairs well with fowl, rich meat pasta, risotto with porcini mushrooms, meat pizza and grilled red meat.

Cortese – Nostru Nerello Mascalese 2017 is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Cortese – Nostru Nerello Mascalese 2017 contains added sulphites. Read more.

 

PRESS & AWARDS

Mundus Vitis Gold 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Quite a heady, exotic perfume: like the scent of lilies on a tropical night, mingling with cinnamon and incense. Fruit so sweet and deep and sharp that it reminds me of pomegranate acidity. Fabulous definition and cut and freshness, and all the while this intensely exotic, mouth-watering, purple-scarlet fruit fills the mouth. All pleasure, from start to finish.‘ 16.6 points Tamlyn Currin (Jancis Robinson.com) May 2019

Made with purchased organic grapes, it was a cherry festival in a glass, with crunchy red fruit, soft silky tannins, subtle spice and that unmistakeable nervy, slightly sulphurous note that suggests a lava flow might be heading your way sometime soon‘ David Kermode (The Buyer & Vinosaurus) Nov 2018

 ‘This has more depth of colour and aroma than you usually find with Nerello Mascalese. Light oak gives notes of spice and leather on the nose and palate, alongside black and red cherry fruit. From organic grapes, this is a well made and very drinkable wine, with depth and freshness‘ … Decanter – 89 points Nov 2018

 

Residual Sugar <1
Ph Level 3.52
Acidity 5.95

 

 

More from the producer:

 

Azienda Agricola Cortese is Stefano Girelli’s new estate in Sicily, in the South East near Ragusa. Cortese has a rich history in winemaking, and under Stefano’s guiding hand, has been brought back to life.

Cortese farms in a traditional way, using organic farming techniques from a time where organic was not a choice, but the only option. The dry, sun drenched Sicilian climate provides perfect conditions for organic farming. No chemical fertilisers or pesticides are used. Biodiversity is encouraged.

Traditional winemaking techniques are also adopted, such as fermentation in terracotta.

Cortese brings together respect for biodiversity, exclusively organic cultivation, the meeting of traditional techniques & contemporary technology and the vibrancy and colour of Sicilian life.

For Nostru, Stefano’s inspiration is the vibrant Sicilian landscape, rich and bold in colour, abundant and generous in all it produces. The “look” for Nostru is based on symbols of Sicilian culture and life, taking the authentic Sicilian Majolica ceramics as inspiration. The characters pictured on the bottles are truly original and impossible to forget. Lively and cheerful, these styles will stand out and take the consumer on a journey to Sicily.

 

Viticulture:

The grapes for the Nerello Mascalese are grown in vineyards around 400 metres above sea level and vines are trained using the Guillot method. The grapes are hand-picked in late September/early October in 10-15kg baskets. After the harvest, the grapes are immediately vinified, beginning with de-stemming and a very soft pressing.

Vinification:

The grapes for the Nerello Mascalese are grown in vineyards around 400 metres above sea level and vines are trained using the Guillot method. The grapes are hand-picked in late September/early October in 10-15kg baskets. After the harvest, the grapes are immediately vinified, beginning with de-stemming and a very soft pressing.

 

 

 


More about the Grape

Nerello Mascalese is a highly regarded, dark-skinned grape variety that grows most commonly on the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily. Its wines, which have had a rapid upsurge in popularity in the last decade, have a tendency to reflect their surroundings, giving taut, fresh red wines with fruity, herbaceous flavors, excellent minerality and an earthy nuance. Nerello Mascalese wines often have a perfume reminiscent of those of the noble wines of Barolo and Burgundy.

The variety takes its name from the Mascali plain between Mount Etna and the coast where it is thought to have originated – a small portion of older vines predate the phylloxera epidemic of the 1880s. The prefix Nerello refers to the black color of the grapes, and is shared by Nerello Cappuccio, Nerello Mascalese’s most common blending partner. Both grapes are found in Etna DOC wines, with Nerello Mascalese making up the bulk of the blend and easily surpassing plantings of Nerello Cappuccio (see Nerello Cappuccio – Nerello Mascalese blends).

The hugely variable volcanic soils of Etna combined with elevations of up to 1000m above sea level – some of the highest vineyards in Europe – help produce wines with immense character and complexity, and without the excessive weight that often characterizes Sicilian red wines from lower altitudes. Nerello Mascalese is a late-ripening variety, and most vines are trained in the traditional bush-vine method, which works well in the terroir.

Nerello Mascalese vines also dominate the neighboring Faro DOC surrounding the port city of Messina. Set in the hills above the city, vineyards reach impressive altitudes here too, if not quite the dizzying heights of Etna.

Outside the two aforementioned DOCs, Nerello Mascalese is used in a variety of blends under the Sicilia IGT banner, often alongside the island’s dominant Nero d’Avola grape variety. These wines are most often red, but rosé (rosato) is also made. Across the Strait of Messina in Calabria, the DOCs of Lamezia, Sant’Anna di Isola Capo Rizzuto, and Savuto permit the use of the variety in their respective blends.

Recent DNA testing has suggested that the variety is quite probably the offspring of Italy’s famous Sangiovese grape variety, and a connection to Carricante has also been mooted.

Synonyms include: Niureddu, Negrello.


www.agricolacortese.com


More wines from this producer:

Cortese – Nostru Catarratto Lucido 2017

Cortese – Nostru Carricante 2017

 

Additional information

Bottle Size

Bottle 75 cl

Country

Italy

Region

Terre Siciliane IGP

Grapes

Nerello Mascalese

Style

Fruity, Medium Bodied

Enjoy with...

Pasta, Seafood, Vegetables, White Fish

Org-Bio

Certified Organic

ABV

13%

Vegetarian-Vegan

Vegan, Vegetarian

Sulphur content

Contains Added Sulphites

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