Occhipinti SP68 Terre Siciliane IGT Rosso 2019

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Occhipinti SP68 Terre Siciliane IGT Rosso 2019
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Country Italy
Region Sicily
Appellation/Sub-Region Terre Siciliane IGT
Grapes Frappato, Nero d'Avola
Vineyard/Cellar Practices Organically Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan

Arianna Occhipinti has been a trailblazer in Sicilian natural winemaking. 21 years old when she released her first vintage in 2004, she has since gained a cult following in the biodynamic movement. Arianna started becoming involved with wine at the young age of 16 in her uncle Giusto Occhipinti's cellar – one of the proprietors of Vittoria's most famous winery, COS. After studying oenology in Milan, she returned to Sicily to "unlearn" the technical ways she had been taught to "construct" a wine, instead growing grapes and making wine from the ground up. She tends 25 hectares of vineyards near Vittoria, in southeastern Sicily, and has built her reputation on frappato, an often overlooked grape. Her vineyards are certified organic and practicing biodynamic and feature only native Sicilian varietals. There is zero irrigation in her vineyards in this hot, windy climate. Cover crops including fava beans and other useful plants grow between every other row. Her SP68 wines are named for the main road nearby, which also happens to be the most ancient wine route in existence. This red is a blend of 70% frappato and 30% nero d'Avola, both grapes native to Sicily, and fermented using indigenous yeasts, and aged in small concrete tanks for 8 months with no oak influence. Bright and aromatic, this displays vibrant red fruit, with exuberant peppercorn and rose petal notes. Organically grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.