Duca di Salaparuta presents Lavico
Lavico: Duca di Salaparuta Etna DOC labels born from the Volcano.
Close to the bicentenary of its foundation, Duca di Salaparuta strengthens its bond with Etna, one of the most fascinating areas of Sicily, through the launch of two new labels: Lavico Rosso Etna Doc 2020 and Lavico Bianco Etna Doc 2021. These are two monovarietal wines, obtained from Nerello Mascalese and Carricante respectively, that are rooted in the Volcano: the fruits of a harsh but generous nature.
The birthplace of these “volcanic” labels is the Vajasindi estate, a place that transcends the usual space and time that epitomize Sicily, where wines are a synthesis of the volcano, the mountain, and the sea. A door to where the strength of opposite forces is balanced in elegant, vertical, fresh yet decisive, rich and magnetic wines.
The vineyard plots dedicated to the production of Lavico cover an area of 10 hectares and are found on terraces with an altitude between 600 and 800 m asl. The vines grow on soils originating from the disintegration of different types of lava and eruptive materials such as lapilli, ash and sand.
The soil has a characteristic brown color and is soft and porous thanks to the abundance of small pumice grains, which also ensure excellent capacity for draining; it is also rich in iron, copper, phosphorus and magnesium.
The rows, enclosed by dry-stone walls made of lava stone, embody the essence and complexity of Etna viticulture: despite their proximity to the skies, the vines are deeply rooted to the earth. Like an oxymoron, the dark and earthy volcano glows with the light of the sun that is reflected by the sea, which blows the breeze that constantly caress the vines. This is a land of harmonious contrasts, characterized by cool temperatures, constant ventilation and important diurnal temperature variation. This land yields wines that embody the elegance of the mountain, the warmth of the sea, and the minerality of the volcano.
Etna Bianco Lavico 2021
A white wine that perfectly captures the most vivid essence of Etna thanks to Carricante’s typical acidity. Duca di Salaparuta’s winemaking project aims to preserve the energy and vigor of this variety by vinifying it in purity in stainless steel tanks. In Lavico Etna Bianco, Carricante reveals intense aromas of peach, citrus, and exotic fruit, enlivened by iodized and at times spicy sensations. Its brilliant straw color recalls hot and sunny summer days. A structured and mineral wine whose fruity and saline notes return to the palate, balanced by a clear and decisive acidity that endows it with unexpected longevity.
Etna Rosso Lavico 2020
Only a few varieties can depict the Etna and its many faces like Nerello Mascalese, an indigenous variety rooted in the soils and in the history of this unique island. Lavico Etna Rosso is the voice of Nerello Mascalese dedicated to the northern area of the “mountain”: an authentic story of survival, austerity and pragmatism. The pedoclimatic conditions of the area carry out a natural selection of the bunches that will develop every year: the healthiest grapes will enclose the color of the black earth and the blue sky. Lavico ages partly in concrete tanks and partly in French oak barrels for 12 months. On the nose, small red fruits are accompanied by balsamic and mineral sensations that blend with spicy notes. Structured and elegant on the palate, it reveals freshness, flavor, as well as balanced and ripe tannins.
Duca di Salaparuta’s agronomic and enological team has found the ideal conditions here to express the winery’s production philosophy. A vision aimed at celebrating the energy of the island's native grapes while at the same time continuously experimenting with new varieties and practices devoted to a sustainable approach. A commitment that qualified it as the first Sicilian winery to have obtained both Viva and Equalitas certifications.
In Vajasindi, Duca di Salaparuta started growing Nerello Mascalese: a strong and powerful grape that has long been cultivated in these areas. A long-standing project involving experimentation on the cultivation of Pinot Nero is carried out alongside the native varieties. This was a challenge launched by the great winemaker, Giacomo Tachis, and accepted by Duca di Salaparuta: it resulted in the production of Nawàri, one of the company’s most iconic wines, and Duca Nero, a sparkling Pinot Nero.
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