2020 Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Moganazzi Etna Rosso
It's easy to underestimate the impact the wines of Mount Etna have had over the last 10 years. From near obscurity, to now being some of the most highly sought after wines of Italy, led in part from producers such as Tenuta delle Terre Nere. The winery is owned by the widely acclaimed Marco De Grazia who is one of the winemakers responsible for bringing the wines of Etna to prominence on the world stage.
The red wines of Etna, produced from predominantly Nerello Mascalese, are often compared to a variety marrying the traits of Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir. Terre Nere take their wines a step further than most, and highlight the cru vineyards of the region with wines made at varying altitudes, along with vines planted on the pure Ellittico lava flow terroir. These delicate, perfumed, and intense wines translate the soil and season like few other wines in the world, and with demand far outweighing supply they are now increasingly hard to secure.
Moganazzi is a beautiful vineyard that is entirely formed of steep terraces at roughly 700 metres altitude with 80 year old vines. Wines from here are chiselled and tightly woven, yet with age they gain a soft suppleness and alluring richness. The entire production is roughly 3,000 bottles plus some magnums.
This shows dark cherries, dried flowers, bitter cocoa, slate, nutmeg and mocha. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, creamy and very well-integrated tannins. Lots of power. Yet all in check. Persistent. From organically grown grapes. Only 4,000 bottles. Fantastic already, but better after 2023.