Eduardo Torres Acosta - Versante Nord Bianco IGT Terre Siciliane 2016
60% Minella, 40% Other white native varieties
Imported by Louis / Dressner
From the importer-
Eduardo harvests this field blend from 6 different Etna sites on the north face or versante nord of Mt. Etna at elevations ranging from 550 to 900 meters. A majority is made up of rare native white Minella; the rest included other local varieties Catarratto, Carricante, Coda di Volpe, Grecanico and Inzolia. Grown on soils rich in volcanic ash, the vines average 45-50 years in age; they are hand-tended, without chemicals or fertilizers, and hand-harvested. The juice is fermented spontaneously in concrete tank and macerates with the skins for 5 days with no temperature control.The wine is aged for 8 months in used oak botti.
Eduardo Torres first began working with vines in his native Canary Islands, Spain, where his postman father had a small plot of them at home on Tenerife. In 2012 Eduardo island-hopped to Sicily to intern with Arianna Occhipinti at her eponymous winery. Following this formative experience, he got his first winemaking job at Passopisciaro, one of the pioneering Mt. Etna producers of the last decade.
Etna is still a rather remote, insular Sicilian region sparsely populated with independent-yet-traditional-minded farmers; though a complete outsider, Eduardo managed to get his hands on a few small parcels of vines to rent and farm and bottled his first commercial vintage in 2014--made, as his wines still are, two hours away in Vittoria at Occhipinti. Mainly for this reason, his wines cannot be classified as Etna DOC, which requires vinification within the Etna zone: thus they bear the "IGT Terre Siciliane" designation.
Eduardo is wholly committed to organic farming and doing all work by hand, as well as to natural, i.e. minimally manipulative, winemaking. His focus is the classic local black grapes, the noble Nerello Mascalese and its usual vineyard companions like Nerello Cappuccio, mixed into the plantings of Mascalese typically. Eduardo is particularly interested in the highest-elevation sites on the north-facing slope of Etna, which have the classic volcanic soils but even cooler temperatures and lower yields. The DOC only includes vines between 600-800 meters in altitude; the grapes for his Pirrera bottling come from 850 meters and thus are not DOC-classified (fo rthe the elevation and the non-local vinification). His production remains miniscule. Starting in the 2016 vintage, there is a also a white wine, from a blend of local varietals.