The flagship wine from the estate. The grapes come from the single vineyard that is 980 meters above sea level! With a blend of Grenache, the wine is given a soft and juicy aspect to balance the minerals lava notes. The wines has undergone 20-30 days maceration, followed by 18 months ageing in cement and oak. Then the wine is aged 1 year before release. Natural yeasts are used.
Vine Age: 90 years
Grape: 70% Nerello Mascalese, 30% Grenache
More about Tartaraci: Tartaraci is located at 980 meters above sea level - the highest vineyard in Europe. It is located at the North-West slope of Etna. The vineyard is very close to the volcanic crater, and the soil is full of lava-stone.
Tartaraci is a historical vineyard dated back to the 18th century. It is awarded to Horatio Nelson from the Kingdom of Nalpes, for his victory against Nepoleon's invasion of Italy. In the contemporary time, Tartaraci is somehow abandoned because of its high altitude and high proportion of Grenache grapes, both of which do not fit into the DOC requirement established in 1968. This also explain why such an important vineyard is left out in the DOC.
The Style: However, Grenache flourishes in the high altitude, giving the Nerello Mascalese-based wine a roundness, fruitiness and touch of balsamic note. Among the male-dominated wine world of Etna, Mirella Buscemi and her passion for Grenache truly represents the growing feminine power!