Serra Della Contessa by Benanti
Dr Giuseppe Benanti is known as the reviver of Etna wines from Sicily, Italy, which before the 1980s remained undiscovered by the world. Benanti in 1988 took over the family estates, worked hard to analyze the volcanic soils around Mount Etna, its impact on grapes, indigenous grape varietals and even set up special oenological techniques best suited to the terrain.
The Benanti estates are today managed by Dr Giuseppe Benanti and his sons Antonio and Salvino. The estates themselves spread across from Etna to Pachino in Sicily, and produce rare wines that only become better with age. For instance Serra Della Contessa, a DOC wine which is released in the market only after five years of harvest, and even then often considered too young. The wine uses two indigenous grape varietals – Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappucio – grown on ungrafted vines almost 100 years old.
The name Serra Della Contessa is derived from a Latin notarial document dating back to 1474. We tasted Serra Della Contessa’s 2004 DOC vintage which still seemed young.
Nose: A very full nose of vanilla, spices and tobacco.
Palate: Full bodied wine with lots of fruits on the mid palate, cloves, vanilla; consistent with the nose. Strong tannins on the palate are indicative of the wine’s ability to mature further.