From day one, the philosophy behind Cusumano has been to emphasise the importance of knowledge of terroir. The Cusumano winery was established in 2000 when brothers Alberto and Diego took over the management of the company from their father, Francesco. With the help of an intimate knowledge of the Sicilian terrain and consultant winemaker Mario Ronco, the Cusumano brothers today own over 400 hectares of vineyards across 7 holdings throughout Sicily. The locations of their vineyards in allow maximum expression of not only the indigenous Sicilian grape varieties, but also classic varietals that, according to Diego, evolve to take on their own Sicilian identity. The estate has developed reputation for quality, due in part to Diego and Alberto’s setting the highest quality standards to every area of production, from vineyard to bottle to company identity. Testimony to this is the praise the winery has received from day one. Their flagship wine, Noa, was the first wine ever to receive a Tre Bicchieri at the Gambero Rosso on its very first vintage, and the Italian and International awards have been flooding in ever since. This is the first wine from the Brothers Cusumano new vineyard on the slopes of Mount Etna. The special terroir for hold here with lots of minerals in the soil, making together with the climate to the wines of Etna emerge as unique. The new winery is run with high quality in mind, all grapes from 15 year old vines hand harvested and the yield is not very high on the slopes at the foot of the still active volcano. The grape is Nerello Mascalese, which is a type of grape which can give wines elegance reminiscent of the noble wines of Barolo and Burgundy.
Enticing scents of wild red berry, baking spice, aromatic herb and a balsamic note waft out of the glass. The elegant and intense palate doles out succulent wild cherry, crushed raspberry, cinnamon while a mineral note backs up the finish. Bright acidity and ultrafine tannins.