VINEYARD | Jeudì 15 Rosato is the result of a manual harvest of grapes from the Tartaraci vineyard. We are on Moint Etna, 600 meters above sea leve between Passopisciaro and Randazzo, in Sicily. The vines are more than 70 years old, next to nerello mascalese we find rows of grenache, but also white grapes such as grecanico and minnella. The grapes undergo a three-day maceration, and the must ferments in Georgian amphorae (qvevri) of about 2,000 liters. The wine remains for 5 months on fine lees and then is bottled without clarification or filtration.
PEOPLE | France, Australia and Etna. Behind Anna's Vino is a couple, Anna Martens and Eric Narioo, she from Adelaide, a winemaker who has worked from Burgundy to Mendoza, from Stellenbosch to Bolgheri, then tuned into Etna's frequencies from Passopisciaro. Eric is a tall, blue-eyed former French rugby player with a warm radio voice, kind, empathetic, married Anna and natural wines, which he has been importing and distributing for decades with his Le Caves de Pyrene distribution group. He is a great taster, drinking wine with him is a real experience. In 2008 they bought the first vines, in 2010 they took over a traditional mid-18th-century stone palmento, buried a series of Georgian terracotta amphorae, and the project took off.
WINE | The brightness in the glass is simply outstanding, Jeudi 15 Rosato on occasion can work very well as a candle, given the rosy to orange hue that is nothing short of bright and brilliant. You could ge get thirsty just looking at it. The aromas are irresistible, ranging from watermelon to pomegranate, sun-flavored tomato, then licorice and violet. In the mouth it is particularly dry, of regenerating freshness, with a very light, bewitching smoky undertone; the fruit is crisp, the mouth pops with flavor, while the very slight tannic note caresses the palate. Lightness and complexity are matching in a drink of pure pleasure.