Mandrarossa, `Rupenera` Merlot



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First produced in 1999, the Mandrarossa wines come from a selection of the best sites from Cantine Settesoli’s 6,000 hectares of vineyard, situated in southwestern Sicily and planted with 32 different grape varieties. This range was conceived after the diverse soils of the vineyards were mapped, enabling the winemakers to focus on what were then ranked their best sites. Under the leadership of co-operative president Giuseppe Bursi, consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini has sought to improve viticulture, which in turn has resulted in better wines. Working with soil specialist Pedro Parra and head winemaker Mimmo De Gregorio, Alberto has selected 500 hectares of vineyard for the production of the Mandrarossa wines. These vineyards are situated close to the sea, where intense sunlight, moderating sea breezes, mild temperatures, multiple elevations and a myriad of different soil types combine to give the sort of grapes that Mimmo and Alberto are looking for.


Vineyards for this wine are located in the Menfi area, on the southwestern coast of Sicily. The vines grow on south-facing hills at 150- 250 metres above sea level. Soils are clayey and medium textured. Vines are Guyot trained and planted at a density of 4,200-4,500 plants per hectare.


The 2017 harvest was characterised by extremely high temperatures, 40/42°C was recorded in the first week of August. The rest of the month saw milder temperatures that allowed for perfect ripening conditions for the grapes. Harvest took place seven days earlier than usual.


Grapes were hand harvested in mid-August. Once at the winery, the fruit was fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks at 22-25°C. The skins were macerated for 8-10 days during fermentation. Ageing took place in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks for three months at 10 °C. The wine was bottled three months before release.


This wine is ruby red in colour with purple hues. On the nose, it has intense aromas of plum, quince jelly and rosemary. On the palate, it is savoury and round, with flavours of plum, herbal notes and a hint of liquorice.

 Grape Varieties 

100% Merlot

Winemaker  Domenico De Gregorio
Closure Natural Cork
ABV  13.5%
Bottle Sizes 75cl
Notes  Sustainable