Terre Forti is a beautiful Nero. Dusty earth, purple fruit, plums, chocolate, smoke and wood. On the palate, Terre Forti is lifted, light and fresh with just a sour hint.
Terre Forti is simple but in a charming, easy to drink way. Don’t age Terre Forti, just drink it.
Terre Forti Sicilia IGT Nero d’Avola 2020, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
Terre Forti sources fruit from all over Italy. They craft a range of wines that are true to the region and style while offering great value for money.
Terre Forti Sicilia IGT Nero d’Avola 2020 Winery Notes
“Sourced from the hills of Petrosino the grapes used to make this wine are harvested by hand and undergo destemming and traditional pressing.
Fermentation takes place in 300 – 500 hl tanks at 25 -26°C over 10 days, followed by malolactic fermentation. It is then stored in stainless steel tanks before bottling.”
In a constant tussle with Puglia to win the title of largest volume produced each year, the wines of Sicily are as varied as its history. Delicate whites, full-bodied reds and, of course, Marsala show the variation in climate and abilities of the various regions within the Island.
Sicily’s boldest red grape. It is capable of getting very ripe, is very charming with soft acidity. It is often blended with other varieties to balance out its exuberance. Look for flavours of black cherry and plum, liquorice, tobacco and herbal notes. Nero d’Avola is finding its feet in Australia. It has an affinity for warm, dry climates and, therefore the thrives in the Murray-Darling climate. This gives growers a chance to make quality, characterful wines from a region often associated with casks.
There are 1000s and 1000s of grapes in Italy. There are sub-alpine cool-climate regions in the North and Sun-baked vineyards in the South. Add to that volcanoes and many cultures within one Country. You could struggle to find anything uniform about the wines. The best of the best include Tuscan reds from Sangiovese or Cabernet. Nebbiolo from Piedmont, especially Barolo and Barbaresco. The aromatic whites of NE Italy from Garganega, Pinot Grigio, and numerous crazy blends. The volcanic wines of Mt Etna in Sicily. And many more.
The only generalisation I will make is that a lot of Italian wine is undervalued when compared to a similar French style.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is special. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fun fact; most of the colour for wines comes from the skins. There are only a handful of grapes that have red juice. Alicante is the most well known of these grapes.
By macerating the juice on the skins, the wine gains tannins and flavours. Certain compounds change the chemistry of the wine too.
Red wines tend to have higher alcohol. More tannin and more oak flavours compared to other styles of wine. But the thousands of grapes and terroirs they grow in influence this.
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