90 Falstaff Sicilia Trophy points for Fiordispina

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Salmon pink with orange reflections. Hints of fresh cherries and raspberries on the nose, then a light floral and voluminous nuance. Fresh and juicy on the palate, with a medium-long finish.

90/100 points awarded to Fiordispina DOC Sicilia Perricone Rosato by the Falstaff 2022 award dedicated to Sicilian wines. Another recognition for the new pink wine from organic farming, already the flagship of the winery. After the silver medal at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles and the bronze medal for design at the Vinitaly Design International Packaging Competition, the 90 Falstaff points diploma has arrived.

Fiordispina is produced with grapes from the vineyards of the Caruso family estates on the hills of Carcitella, a flat area between Marsala and Mazara del Vallo. It is new, a first harvest and a limited productionof around 10,000 bottles. Like all wines, it was created with a precise project starting from the vineyard: 65 hectares, which spread out at an altitude of 120/150 metres above sea level where the soil is of medium texture, tending to clayey and with stony outcrops, with a good mineral endowment. It was once a river bed, and there are still round pebbles called ‘cuti’. At the bottom, two artificial lakes guarantee the water supply for the crops. The microclimate here is warm but mitigated by the dry wind that blows from the sea and which reduces humidity and pathogenic infections. The vineyard was planted with Perricone grapes, a gamble on this grape variety to bring it to the attention of the public of enthusiasts, committing us to the promotion of the terroirs that host it, and prevent the extinction of an extraordinary vine that represents the true identity of this corner of Sicily. 

Fiordispina vinification is in white. Upon arrival in the cellars, the selected grapes are de-stemmed, subjected to light pressing and very short soft maceration in the press. Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature of 14-16° C and lasts about 2 weeks. It is then aged for 3-4 months in steel, with periodic suspension of the fine lees (batonnage)

The 2021 vintage overcame climatic excesses unscathed, giving us nice and healthy grapes, balanced in alcohol and acidity, harbingers of great wines. Although it was hot and rather dry, the premises are those of a quality harvest: after the first vegetative phases, greatly delayed due to the low spring temperatures, a strong recovery was observed due to the heat that came along in July and August. Thanks to the accumulated reserves, the water availability for the plants was always sufficient to avoid excessive water stress, thus allowing a good leaf coverage of the bunches to be maintained and, consequently, the aromas and acidity of the grapes. The lowering of temperatures and the moderate rains in September allowed later grapes such as Perricone to resume a slower rate of ripening, which is essential for the optimal accumulation of aromatic compounds and polyphenols.

Link to the the press release.