The Mandrarossa wines come from a selection of the best sites from Cantine Settesoli’s 6,000 hectares of vineyard, situated in southwestern Sicily and planted with 32 different grape varieties. The vineyards are split between the 2,000 members of the co-op, and cover the area around Selinunte, the hauntingly beautiful ruins of a Greek town founded 2,600 years ago. Cantine Settesoli helps to support the restoration of this archaeological site. First produced in 1999, Mandrarossa is about to open its own winery as it becomes increasingly focused on single-site wines. Working with soil specialist Pedro Parra and head winemaker Mimmo De Gregorio, Alberto has selected 500 hectares of vineyard, from 160 growers, for the production of the Mandrarossa wines. These vineyards are situated close to the sea, where intense sunlight, moderating sea breezes, mild temperatures, multiple elevations and a myriad of different soil types combine to give the quality of grapes that Mimmo and Alberto are looking for. Pedro has singled out limestone as the soil with the highest potential for quality wines. At the top of the hierarchy are the wines made from single sites, 75 hectares from 37 growers that have been selected by Pedro’s vineyard mapping. Their ‘Cartagho’, from a sandy vineyard in the Torrenova ‘contrada’ that is regarded as the best source of Nero d’Avola, is the iconic Mandrarossa wine, having won ‘Tre Bicchieri’ six times in recent years. The Timperosse (made solely from Petit Verdot) has also won ‘Tre Bicchieri’.
This wine is yellow with golden hues. On the nose, it has aromas of ripe peaches and apricots. It is well-structured on the palate, with fresh acidity and an underlying minerality.
This wine is intense ruby red in colour with purple hues. On the nose, it has aromas of morello and marasca cherries, notes of small red berries and sweet spices. The palate is mineral and balanced with a long finish.
This wine is straw yellow in colour with green hues. On the nose, it has fresh and fragrant aromas of flowers and herbal notes with a hint of cedar and peach. The palate is vibrant with a linear structure and an excellent length.
This wine is pale straw yellow in colour. On the nose, there are aromas of grapefruit, white peach, Sicilian nespola with a hint of basil. The palate is fresh and intense, with bright citrus and stone fruit characters culminating in a persistent finish.
This wine is intense red in colour with purple reflections. On the nose, it has powerful aromas of wild blackberries and cherries. The palate is full and balanced with intense flavours of black fruit complemented by hints of dates and maritime pine.
This wine is ruby-red in colour with purple hues. On the nose, it has intense aromas of red berries with hints of spices. On the palate it is vibrant and round, with juicy tannins with a refreshing acidity.
The wine has an intense ruby-red colour with purple hues. On the nose, it has intense and elegant aromas of cherry, black mulberries and fresh plums with aromatic notes of rosemary and sage. On the palate, it is fresh and lively with soft tannins.
This wine is pale straw yellow in colour. On the nose, it displays bright aromas of orange blossom, citrus fruit and white peaches. The palate is fresh and balanced, with the rich fruit flavours carrying through to the long finish.
This wine is ruby red in colour with violet reflections. On the nose, it has intense aromas of plum, quince jelly and rosemary. The palate is savoury and round, packed with ripe red fruits, herbal notes and a hint of liquorice that carries through to the elegant finish.
The wine has an intense ruby-red colour with violet reflections. On the nose, it is floral and fruity with hints of figs, elderflower and lavender. On the palate, it is velvety, with hints of ripe red fruit.
This wine is pale straw yellow in colour, with delicate green hues. On the nose, it has aromas of orange peel, oleander flower and prickly pear. The palate is powerful with good minerality and a persistent finish.
This wine is pale straw yellow in colour. On the nose, it has aromas of zagara flower and citrus fruit with a hint of thyme. The palate is fresh and zesty with good minerality and great finish.
This wine is straw-yellow in colour with bright golden reflections. It is intensely aromatic on the nose with perfumes of citrus fruit, peach, apricot and hints of mint and basil. The palate balances ripe fruit flavours with a refreshing minerality. This is a fresh and structured Sauvignon Blanc with good length on the finish.
This wine is a bright straw yellow colour. On the nose, it has herbaceous notes and hints of exotic fruits. The palate has fresh acidity with flavours of grapefruit on the finish.