Barraco Rosammare 2020
While Marsala is famous for its solera-aged wines, Nino Barraco is unusual in that he specialises in wines made the way they were before the sweet tooth of the British prevailed. Nino took over his family’s vineyards in 2004 and has worked organically from the start, focusing on the native grapes of his Western Sicily and single vineyard wines, hoping to show others the potential he sees in the region he calls home. His remote vineyards are spread out up and down the coast and Nino works as hard as any grower we have met, constantly driving his beat up Fiat through the sand dunes to check on his plants. In the cantina his aim is simply to guide the wine from vineyard to glass. Nino’s are wines with an uncanny sense of place. With each swirl and sip they transport you to Marsala; the warmth, the breeze, the golden light and the sense that the sea is never too far away. They are savoury, sunkissed wines that, like Nino, have a lot to say.
From Nino’s youngest vines of Nero d’Avola planted over sandy soils. The grapes are picked early, meaning the acid is high and alcohol low. It spent just a night on skins and rested in concrete until April, when it was bottled without any additions. This is the most incredible shade of raspberry and extremely light on its feet, with bright, tart fruit that screams for a plate of anchovies or some grilled sardines.
Nero d'Avola (100%)