Passopisciaro Contrada Rampante 2017

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
Andrea Franchetti has been seeking out very old vineyards on Etna since the early 2000s. In the past his wines could be too burly, and though he still likes to pick late and very ripe, they are better balanced. Rampante (the ‘R’ on the label) is a site at 1,000m with 50-year-old vines. The raspberry-scented nose is rich and flamboyant, thrilling. It’s full-bodied, powerful and dense, with bold tannins, and it has structure rather than heat or extraction. STEPHEN BROOK, Decanter

Underbrush, wet stone and camphor aromas meld with whiffs of scorched earth and Mediterranean scrub. The full-bodied, enveloping palate delivers dried Marasca cherry, orange zest, raspberry compote, fennel and flint alongside velvety tannins and lively acidity. (95) KERIN O'KEEFE, Wine Enthusiast