Feudo di Santa Tresa, Frappato, IGP Terre Siciliana, Sicily, Italy, 2015
Frappato is grown in Puglia and Sicily. In Sicily it is normally blended with eg nero d’avola and nerello mascalese, being included in some DOCs and one DOCG – Cerasuolo di Vittoria, wines. It may be produced as a varietal in a couple of DOCs, but also as IGP from anywhere in Sicily, as with this offering, which must contain at least 85% frappato to be labelled IGP Terre Siciliana.
This wine: organic, varietal frappato, screw cap closure, 13% abv, Out Of This World, £12 (07/17)
Consumer tasting note: a fresh wine for summer drinking, chilled; strawberry, red currant and hints of pine and toast on the nose; medium bodied, velvety, with a light grip, a palate of unripe strawberry, red currant and red cherry. Finishes medium-long. Chill for 30 minutes, decant for 15.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of a whiff of pine, hint of resin, ripe strawberry, ripe red currant, slightest edge of toast.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, soft low tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, a velvety texture and a low-key grip, medium intensity, low-key grip, with flavours of strawberry, red cherry juice, red currant, hint of pine. A medium (+) length with a clean red berry finish.
Quality: good, perfectly balanced fresh acidity and low-key tannins with alcohol, alcohol sitting well with the modest flavour intensity; youthful, showing simple complexity, modest concentration, showing an element of grip and suggestion of toast, so may have undergone extended maceration on the skins, rough handling at the press, or a short period of exposure to not new oak, and maybe the toast edge is a by-product of MLF? Follows into a better length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing – a sound structure, but lacks intensity, concentration, complexity and length, this is for early consumption.