Nero d’Avola, Sicily’s flagship native varietal, thrives in the terra rossa or red earth of Santa Tresa. Extensive field care is undertaken in order to limit grape production to 1.5kg per vine and in order to maintain a canopy that protects the bunches from excessive sun exposure.
Avulisi, meaning from Avola, is a limited production Nero d’Avola that represents that best Nero d’Avola cultivated at Santa Tresa.
Owner: Massimo Maggio, Stefano and Marina Girelli
Winemaker: Stefano Chioccioli
Type: Red wine
Varietals: 100% Nero d’Avola
Vineyard Location: Vittoria, Ragusa
Elevation: 550 ft
Vines Planted: 1967-1977
Trellising: Cordon trained and spur pruned
Yield/Acre: 12-13 hl
Soil: Red sandy loam soil on a well-drained limestone base
The grapes are de-stemmed and gently pressed to avoid any damage to the skins; fermented in French oak barriques for 10 days at 22-24° C, with frequent remontages and delestages. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in oak barriques.
12 months in oak barriques. 6 months in the bottle before the release
Color: Intense purple red
Bouquet: Wild berries, blackcurrants, pepper and spices
Flavor: Full-bodied, with supple, soft tannins and a long finish
Pairings: Pasta with rich meaty sauce, roasted meat dishes with rich flavors
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Serving Temperature: 65-68°F
Production: 4,000 bottles