Eduardo Torres Acosta, Versante Nord Rossa, Terre Siciliane IGT, Italy
Eduardo's first brush with the wine world was at home on his family's vineyards in Tenerife. Following his passion, he went on to study agricultural engineering and oenology. From there he wanted to discover new territories, recognising the importance of sharing knowledge with other producers, which led him to Sicily where he worked with another of our fave producers, Arianna Occhipinti.
In 2014 he began restoring vineyards on the north side of Etna as well as bottling his first vintage. Now with 4.5 Ha over 8 vineyards, and using 90% traditional varieties planted at different altitudes, Eduardo is certainly one to watch.
The grapes for Versante Nord are hand picked at two sites, Pietramarina and Crasa, at elevations ranging between 550 - 750 meters. The soil is sandy and rich in volcanic ash, lying over sedimentary rock. These vineyards often have a multitude of local varietals planted alongside the main grape vines which creates complex field blends.
The harvest is all done by hand. Fermentation is in cement tanks with 15 days on the skins, 10% whole bunch. Once fermentation and maceration is complete the wine ages for 16 months in Slovakian oak barrels before being bottled without fining or filtration.
A wine with incredible fragrance and subtle but persistent power. Fresh red fruit and rhubarb. Juicy, violet flowers and smoked meat. Integrated but vibrant tannins.
Country - Italy
Region - Sicily
Appellation - Etna
Variety / Blend - Nerello Mascelese 80% Field blend 20% inc. Nerello Cappuccio, Alicante Bouchet and Grenache, white grapes include Minnella, Catarratto, Grecanico and Insolia
Wine Style - Red Wine
Farming - Uncertified Organic