This month we have a new Sicilian red wine in the shop, the 2016 Gulfi Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG. Sicily is mostly known for it's volcanic wines from Mount Etna or its Marsala but there are loads of hidden gems on the island.
Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG is the only DOCG on the island. It was elevated from DOC status in 2005. The wine must be 50 percent Nero d'Avola with at least 30 percent being Frappato. Those are the only two grape varieties allowed in the blend. The denomination is largely Classico which includes the town of Vittoria. To be labeled Classico, the wines must be aged a minimum of 18 months otherwise, they can be released the following June. Cerusuolo di Vittoria DOCG should not be confused with the Vittoria DOC which has less strict standards and allows the use of the white grape Inzolia as well as Nero d'Avola and Frappato.
Gulfi's vineyards are located in the commune of Chiaramonte Gulfi (Ragusa), in South-East Sicily and are located at an altitude of 420 metres. The wine is quite fragrant and should be drunk young, it is very terroir driven with hints of herbs on the nose, mint, eucalyptus and thyme all floating out of the glass. On the palate, fresh and clean with loads of red fruits and good acidity, a great match with tomato based dishes and meaty fish.