In 2012 we had an unusual vintage, very concentrated, dry, with lots of extraction. When we were racking the wines I was not really happy with the concentrated quality as the wines were so dense and nearly unpenetrable. I was keeping all the lees and bottoms of the tanks when racking. Tasting the decanted and sedimented wine of all of these tanks together, it was not bad at all. The problem was that this wine had no concept, neither location…
I felt bad and could not afford throwing this wine away even though it missed both territory as well as concept. A few options were coming to light: selling bulk as this way we could recuperate some money but it did not feel right as I did not want to sell my wine without a face (label).
Remembering the bulk-wine-concept of Fabrizio Niccolaini (Massa Vecchia), great wine producer in the Maremma and intellectual/spiritual farmer, I was attracted to his social aspect of offering a simple and basic wine to people for an approachable price, an entrance to our vision of winemaking as well as an entrance to Etna.
But which name for this wine? It took little or no time: Sconsacrato® was the perfect name, spiritually and conceptually. It means un-holied as it was exactly this: a wine from different vineyards, varietals, vilifications, vintages, ….. Not precise, but entirely ours.
I decided to dedicate this wine exclusively to our importer in Poland who requested such a wine many years ago and stimulated to develop this idea of recycling, using partially rinsed and recovered bottles, cases which are not perfect, labels which are printed by us…… all basic and simple, but genuine.
Mr. Joseph Di Blasi
Ul. Jozefa, 22/2
Region: Etna, Northern valley
Varietals: varies according to vintage; this can go from 60% to 100% Nerello Mascalese
Vinification: Destemming and light crushing of the grapes
Average age of vines: 50+ years
Fermentation: starting with a “pied-de-cuve” using only indigenous yeasts and skin contact for about 20 to 50 days
Aging: In epoxy tanks of 500 to 1500 litres
Filtering: Before bottling with PP cartridges of 5 micron
Sulphur: values can vary from 15 to 50 mg/l., added or not, depending on the quality of grapes and stability of the wine.
Annual production: quantity varies according to vintage
First vintage: 2012
Denomination: Vino Rosso
Bottle type: Transparent burgundy bottle
Available sizes: 750ML
HOW TO RECYCLE: we suggest to re-use rather than recycle wherever possible; obviously without counterfeiting…
Bottle: in glass-recycling;
Closure: Ardeaseal in plastic-recycling; natural cork in organic waste, screw cap in glass-recycling, pouring closure olive oil in plastic recycling
Label: Susucaru in plastic-recycling, MunJebel, Pistemutta and Magma in paper-recycling
Wax cap: in non-recyclable waste
Case: carton in paper-recycling, wood case best to be re-used
Pallet: wood or plastic best to be re-used