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Nerello Mascalese

The red grape variety comes from Italy, Synonyms are Mascalese Nera, Mascalisi, Nerello Calabrese, Nerello Carbunaru, Nerello di Mascali, Nerello Nostrale, Nerello Paesano, Nerona di Viggiano, Niureddu and Niureddu Mascalese. Despite apparently indicative synonyms or morphological or name similarities it may not with the varieties Frappato. Magliocco Canino. Magliocco Dolce. Nerello cappuccio or Perricone be confused. According to in 2010 DNA analysis is a presumably natural cross between Sangiovese x Mantonico Bianco, You could also use the variety Carricante be related to. The late ripening vine is susceptible to real ones mildew and Botrytis, It produces light red red wines with moderate alcohol and acidity, soft tannins with aromas of red fruits, as well as aging potential.

Nerello Mascalese - grape and leaf

The variety is mainly found on the island Sicily grown, especially around Mount Etna in the province of Catania. The name derives from the municipality of Mascali. There it is often grown mixed with up to five different unknown varieties, which makes it difficult to specify the quantity. The lower quality Nerello cappuccio is often blended with it. The variety is in the DOC wines Contea di Sclafani. Etna. Faro. Marsala. Monreale. Riesi. Sambuca di Sicilia and Sicilia (Sicily), as well Lamezia and Sant'Anna di Isola Capo Rizzuto (Calabria) approved. In 2010, 2,883 hectares were registered with a decreasing tendency (Kym Anderson ).

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images: MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service

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