Alessandro Viola – Rosé 2019
Alessandro Viola’s 2019 Rosé is made of 100% Nero d’Avola, from younger vines planted on sandy, clayey soil at 250 metres altitude. After a manual harvest in the first week of September, the grapes were destemmed and gently pressed into stainless steel tanks. Fermentation took place with indigenous yeasts, without additions or temperature control. Afterwards, the wine was aged for six months in stainless steel. It was then bottled unfiltered and unfined, with 20mg/l of sulphites added at bottling.
Alessandro Viola’s 2019 Rosé has a bright, light-ruby color and a refreshing, fragrant nose, filled with notes of cherry, raspberry, strawberry and candied violet. On the palate it’s light- to medium-bodied, silky and gluggable, with loads of red fruit, hibiscus, citrus zest and some clean minerality. Excellent as an aperitif or with antipasti and light meat dishes.
About Alessandro Viola
Near the Sicilian town of Alcamo, Alessandro Viola runs a small winery called Uva Tantem. His vineyards are located on the northwestern slopes of Mount Bonifitato, at around 250 metres above sea level, and are planted with indigenous varieties like Grillo, Nero d’Avola, Nerello Mascalese and Catarratto. Viola comes from a long line of winemakers and holds degrees in viticulture and oenology, having done internships in Piedmont and Georgia. His philosophy is simple: make wine using nothing else than grapes. “In wine there is a perfect chemical balance, only nature can go that far, who are we to do better than nature?”