Lamoresca, Nerocapitano 2020
Vibrant raspberry fruits and musky aromatics. Crisp acidity and beautiful texture.
Winemaker Filippo Rizzo spent time under the tutelage of the iconic Frank Cornelissen and the results are clear. Lamoresca craft fantastic wines in Sicily, with all farming organic and winemaking natural. Nerocapitano is made from 100% Frappato, with vibrant raspberry fruits and musky aromatics. Crisp acidity and beautiful chalky texture.
Region/Country: Sicily, Italy
Production Method: Organic farming and natural winemaking. Short fermentation before maturation in concrete tank
Style: Light and brightly flavoured with floral aromatics and Mediterranean herb
Pairing Suggestion: Salads, grilled vegetables and meats, pizza and pasta
Filippo Rizzo’s vines are right in the middle of nowhere, on a raised patch of rolling hills in Sicily’s interior, with the only reference point being the smouldering peak of Etna peering over the hills. Filippo is wary of dogma and simply seeks to make the best wine that each vintage allows. Grapes are only picked when completely ripe and the wines offer complexity, density and balance. Vineyard work is organic and the approach to winemaking is restrained, considered and practical, with the aim to provide characterful expressions of Sicily’s native grapes.
From The Natty Boy
One of my favourites here. This is Frappato from Sicilian master Lamoresca. Everything is done by hand here, it's a husband and wife operation in Catania, and all farming is organic, with no chemical or pesticides. The winemaking is natural, no SO2 is used and there's no temperature control either. Here the wine is fermented in small tubs, and then pressed to concrete for maturation. He racks a few times, which aids in the reduction of volatile aromas (sometimes with natural reds you'll get this strange smell which is a result of reduction, and just means the wine needs some air). This is electric - so much raspberry character and wild mediterranean herbs. I'm such big fan of this wine, especially chilled down a touch in large glasses so you get a full aromatic expression!