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HELIOS ROSSO

Terre Siciliane
Zone: Contessa Entellina
Vineyard: Paradiso
Terroir: Tufo, Calcareous clay mix
Altitude: 400-450 meters
Yield per Vine: 1,6 kg.
Varietals: 70% Nero d’Avola, 30% Syrah
ABV: 14% Vol
Production: 6,000 bottles

The Di Giovanna family has been cultivating organic vineyards for five generations in western Sicily, just outside the town of Sambuca di Sicilia. Brothers Gunther & Klaus manage the family’s 56 hectare estate and winery where their hand crafted wines are made and bottled. Their wines are made exclusively with their estate fruit and all of their vineyards are certified organic by Suolo e Salute SRL.

Wine Description:
Di Giovanna’s flagship red blend of Nero d’Avola and Syrah captures the unique high altitude vineyards and soils of the territory. ‘Helios’ comes from the Greek ‘sun’ named after father Aurelio and inspired by Sicily’s unique luminousity.

Hand harvested grapes in boxes of 20 kg each, destemmed and crushed. Fermentation in oak barrels with manual punching and native yeasts. Long maceration (20-21gg) and malolactic fermentation. Aging for 9 months in French oak barrels for 50% new and the remaining second year.

Deep red in color with shades of brick. Fresh fruity nose and spice well integrated. In the mouth medium in body, elegant and pleasantly persistent accompanied by soft, silky tannins and bright acidity.

Food Suggestions:
Pair with alla norma or ragu di cingiali; grilled lamb and Mediterranean vegetables.