Curatolo Arini 'Coralto' Nero d'Avola Wine is deep ruby in colour, with purple hints and notes of violets and red cherries, plums and hints of white pepper. On the palate this wine is medium-bodied with beautifully intense red fruit characters matched by delicate notes of spices and soft tannins.
The vineyards are located in central Sicily, in the province of Caltanissetta, at about 500 metres above sea level. The altitude, together with the distance from the sea, excellent diurnal variation. The warm Sicilian sun is balanced with fresh, cool evenings, ensuring ideal conditions for ripening the grapes. The vines are planted south facing following the vertical trellis system on sandy and clay rich soil using guyot pruning.
2011 was notably wetter than average for Sicily. Not only were there copious rainfalls during the winter but these continued during the earlier parts of Spring. Summer was relatively mild, permitting grapes to ripen evenly and without flaw. Temperatures in the lead up to harvest remained consistent and were devoid of the usual excessive heat peaks during July and August. Consequently, fruit was of excellent quality.
After de-stemming and maceration on the skins for a period of eight days at a temperature of 24-26 degree C, the grapes were gently pressed and then vinified in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine then spent two to three months in used French and American oak barrels, providing the final blend with more structure and complexity. It comes with the vintage information as follows: Vintage: 2011; Grape varieties: 100% Nero cTAvola; Region: Marsala, Italy; Winemaker: Antonino Reina; Consultant Winemaker: Alberto Antonioni; Closure: Stelvin; Classification: IGP; Alcohol(ABV): 13.5%; Acidity: 6g/l; Residual Sugar: 3.5 g/l; Wine pH: 3.35.