Gunther & Klaus Di Giovanna
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nero d'Avola, Syrah/Shiraz
Yields lowered by 50% with green harvest along with leaf thinning. Grapes are hand-harvested when it is fresh, between the hours of 4:30am-9am and 5:00pm-9pm. Daytime temperatures during harvest can average 95F to 104F degrees.
The grapes come from the Gerbino & Miccina vineyards. Gerbino in Contessa Entellina is the family's oldest vineyards, originally planted by great grandfather Ciaccio. The altitude ranges from 420-480 meters above sea level; Soft rolling hills and mixed clay with limestone soil. Miccina is located in Contessa Entellina. The average altitude is 350 meters above sea level with mixed soils consisting of mixed clays, limestone, tufo.
Hand harvested grapes, crushed and macerated for 5 days, temperature controlled. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks, each varietal seperately.
The Nero d’Avola & Syrah are aged in second and third year French oak barrels for 3 months.