Converting to organic growing in Italy’s Etna region
Torre Mora: one of Etna’s finest estates presents exceptional DOC wines at Vinexpo 2019
Torre Mora is inspired by the perfect match between the native varietals and Mount Etna, and is passionate about making wines which tell every sip the story of ancient grapes thriving on the slopes of an active volcano.
It is one of the specialist estates belonging to Tenute Piccini, a Tuscan company owned by the eponymous family that has been committed to the wine industry for four generations and which is today one of the most distinctive, dynamic and innovative in Italy.
WE ARE GLAD TO BE PART OF THE ETNA WINE RENAISSANCE.
Mount Etna is Europe’s largest active volcano, in almost in a constant state of activity. The volcanic soil, the influence of the sea, the predominance of indigenous old vines and the Alberello bush vine training system create the perfect terroir for unique wines.
Inspired by his passion for terroir driven wines, Mario Piccini decided to invest in Torre Mora boutique winery to craft high quality wines. Watchwords are elegance rather than power, big barrel botti rather than small barriques, and the enhancement of Nerello Mascalese avours and aromas in relation to its territory of origin.
Mario Piccini says: “I have always been enthralled by the uniqueness and complexity of this heroic viticultural reality. We are glad to be part of the Etna wine renaissance.”
There is a perfect match between the Etna Contrade, small subzones within the Etna wine region, and the two agship native grape varieties: Nerello Mascalese for the reds and rosé while Carricante is used to produce mineral Etna whites.
Each contrada has its own microclimate and lava composition, and even the colour of the lava varies in different vineyards.
CLIMATE AND VINEYARD
Mount Etna has its own special micro-climate, much cooler than the rest of Sicily. The winters are very cold and the summers hot. Significant temperature variations from day to night, combined with the dry summer winds, allow the grapes to ripen slowly, preserving complex avours and aromas. All of these factors combine to make this small production area in the south of Italy one of a kind in the wine world. Conversion to organic growing at Torre Mora started in 2014 and the focus is on keeping the vines healthy and strong, able to withstand pests and feed themselves naturally. Torre Mora’s philosophy is closely linked to sustainable viticulture, quality of the grapes, and respect for the local culture and traditional methods. One grape, one territory is its signature line.
The two Torre Mora vineyards are located at about 650-700m in Rovitello, in the municipality of Castiglione di Sicilia and Contrada Torre, in the municipality of Linguaglossa, covering in total 13 hectares.
The average age of the vines is around 15 years. Cordon-spur training is used in the small at land areas and Albarello (bush vines) on the terraces.
The Nerello grapes are hand-picked in October, they are then immediately de-stemmed and transferred to steel vats for a 24-hour cold pre-fermentation maceration to increase their aromatic profile and colour intensity. Once both the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations have finished, the wine is ready to age in oak casks for 18-24 months.
KEY WINES IN THE PORTFOLIO INCLUDE:
- Torre Mora Cauru Etna Rosso DOC A blend of two crus located in Contrada Torre, Linguaglossa village and Roviittello on the northeastern side of Mount Etna. Nerello Mascalese 85%, Nerello Cappuccio 15%.
- Torre Mora Scalunera Etna Rosso DOC In Sicilian dialect Scalunera means “flight of steps”. Nerello Mascalese 95%, Nerello Cappuccio 5%.
- Torre Mora Scalunera Etna Rosato DOC Nerello Mascalese 100%.
- Torre Mora Scalunera Etna Bianco DOC Carricante 100%.
SCALUNERA ETNA ROSSO 2015
JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS
“Amazing aromas of fresh basil and plums that follow through to a full body, soft and silky tannins, and a long and flavourful finish. Bright and vivid. A blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappucio. Drink or hold.” James Suckling.
Hall 1 / Stand AB100
Photo: Mario Piccini, owner of Tenute Piccini