Passopisciaro Contrada Guardiola 2017

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
The G in the name stands for Guardiola, which is one of the highest vineyards of the estate on Mount Etna, and the source of this wine. Andrea Franchetti arrived in 2000 as one of the first producers to rediscover old vines of Nerello Mascalese, with an average age of 100 years. 'The heatwaves that hit the mainland of Italy also came to Etna,' Franchetti said of the 2017 vintage. 'The grapes ripened steadily and gradually during late summer and into autumn. The advanced maturation in the grapes meant that the harvest began more than a week earlier than usual and all at once, from 20 to 29 October.' This wine is both full of intensity and structure. Mediterranean and elegant on the nose, its thyme, violet and strawberry scents lead to a powerful and extracted palate with precise tannins and an incredible potential to age. (97) ALDO FIORDELLI, Decanter

Here's another stunning wine from this fantastic estate, opening with aromas of underbrush, wild berry, tobacco, rose and dried mint. The structured, elegant palate delivers crushed raspberry, strawberry compote, star anise and flinty mineral, while taut, refined tannins provide finesse and support. (97) KERIN O'KEEFE, Wine Enthusiast