Rosematte Nerello Mascalese IGP
Le Casematte is owned by the charismatic Gianfranco Sabbatino and soccer champion Andrea Barzagli, whose collective passion for terroir-driven wines come through in their wines. Located on the northeastern corner of the triangular island, near Messina, Le Casematte’s total surface is a mere 20 hectares – less than 50 acres. And in fact, the winery is located at Faro Superiore, high above the Strait of Messina, where the steep hillsides have a 70% gradient. It was named after two casematte or casemates (also known as bunkers) from World War II that sit on the main property and served as observatories and defensive structures at that time.
From vineyards located at Faro Superiore, high above the strait of Messina. The grapes are harvested and pressed in early fall, and aged in stainless steel and then bottle for a refreshing and bright rosé wine.
Wine exported to
Austria, Canada, USA, Japan, Puerto Rico, Australia, Turks and Caicos
Most recent awards
- 2017 | James Suckling89
- 2016 | Vinous89
100% Nerello Mascalese
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Type of yeast:
16 °C (60.8 °F)
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Faro Superiore, Messina, Sicily
20 hectares (49 acres)
Calcareous clay and sand
250-370 meters (820 and 1,215 feet) above sea level
5,000-6,000 plants per hectare
71 -75 quintals per hectare
Age of vines:
15-30 years old
Time of harvest:
Mid to late September
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Bright coral pink in color, the nose has notes of small red fruit like wild strawberry and red currant; flowery notes of Mediterranean herbs and minerality. Fresh and delectable with crisp fruit flavors and wonderful acidity. Light, refreshing and zesty on the palate with a lingering finish.
Best served at 6-8 °C (42.8-46.4 °F);
Tuna steak cooked with capers and olives as well as other complex fish preparations.
Alcohol cont.: 12,5/13% by vol.; dry extract: 20 g/l; residual sugar: <5 g/l; total acidity: 6.5 g/l; pH: 3.2