Arianna Occhipinti, SP68
SP68 is the local Strada Provinciale, which runs past the Occhipinti vineyards near Vittoria. The road is historically significant, as it follows an ancient route thousands of years old that took the wines to the main towns and ports of south-east Sicily. Just like the local DOCG Cerasuolo di Vittoria, SP68 is a blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato. However, where it departs from that is that the DOCG blend must be 50-70% Nero d’Avola, while SP68 Rosso reverses that ratio. This wine is 70% Frappato and 30% Nero d’Avola. The Frappato brings lightness, floral scents and acidity along with strawberry fruit, while the Nero d’Avola contributes structure.
The result is a light red wine comparable in style (if not in taste) to Beaujolais or a Loire red. Indeed, you could chill it in summer. This wine is unusual in that while it’s a serious proposition, it’s also exuberant fun. SP68 Rosso is a vivid ruby colour, purple flecked and slightly turbid in the glass, young wine with nothing taken out. It’s nervy too. Cherry, strawberry and violet perfume leads to a bright, fresh palate. Cherry, strawberry, mulberry and cranberry are in tension with a streak of saline minerality and a hint of liquorice.
TERRE SICILIANE IGT
FRAPPATO 70% NERO D’AVOLA 30%
280 METERS ABOVE THE SEA LEVEL
MEDIUM DENSITY. RED SANDS AND CHALK FROM SUB APENNINE LIMESTONE ROCKS
ORGANIC, WITHOUT CHEMICAL INTERVENTION
GUYOT E CORDONE SPERONATO
AVERAGE AGE OF THE VINES:
6.000 PLANTS PER HECTAR
HARVEST PERIOD LAST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER, FIRST TEN DAYS OF OCTOBER
INDIGENOUS YEASTS ONLY, 15 DAYS OF MACERATION ON THE SKINS
6 MONTHS IN CONCRETE VATS, 1 MONTH IN BOTTLE, UNFILTERED