Hierà Terre Siciliane IGP

This blend of Alicante, Nocera, and Nero D’Avola, is a tribute its terroir and hence takes its name from the original name of the island of Vulcano: Hierà, which means “sacred” in ancient Greek. After careful selection of pristine grapes grown in elevate vineyards with volcanic soil and excellent exposure, Hierà macerates for quite a long period and then ages in stainless steel, barrique, and bottle. Fiery and intense aromas fully represent the wine’s unique island terroir; complex, full-bodied and silky with pleasant acidity and tannins.


Wine exported to

Hong Kong, Canada, USA, Australia

Most recent awards

  • 2019 | James Suckling92
  • 2016 | Wine Advocate91
  • 2015 | Wine Enthusiast89
Grape Varieties:

60% Nero d'Avola, 30% Alicante and 10% Nocera

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

6 days

Type of yeast:

Selected yeast

Fermentation temperature:

20 °C (68 °F)

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Fining agent:

Yes

Aging containers:

Barrique

Container size:

225 L

Container age:

3rd and 4th use

Type of oak:

French oak

Bottling period:

March/April

Aging before bottling:

18 months

Aging in bottle:

2 months

Closure:

Diam

Organic:

No

Vineyard name:

Vulcano

Vineyard location:

On the island of Vulcano, off the coast of Sicily

Vineyard size:

8 hectares (20 acres)

Soil composition:

Volcanic soil

Vine training:

Espalier

Altitude:

401 meters (1,300 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

2,025 vines per acre

Yield:

80ql

Exposure:

Northeastern

Years planted:

1994

Time of harvest:

September

First vintage of this wine:

2003

Total yearly production (in bottles):

30,000

Tasting notes:

Deep, dark ruby, with crimson highlights, the wine’s fiery intensity of aromas and flavors is well worthy of its island home. Very rich, fragrant bouquet of wild berries, sweet spice, tobacco and chocolate with earthy notes characteristic of dry soil; a velvety, complex, full-bodied palate with sweet tannins, fresh, fruity flavors and acidity, wonderful balance and a luscious, bright style.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).

Food pairings:

Wonderful paired with flavorful and slightly spicy dishes or fish with capers, typical of the Aeolian Islands. (Like fresh tuna with capers.)

Aging potential:

6 years

Alcohol:

Alcohol cont.: 13.5% by vol.

Winemaker:

Fabrizio Zardini