Located in Sicily ’s south-eastern Val di Noto province, the Occhipinti family is synonymous with the Frappato grape that underpins Siciliy’s only DOCG: Cerasuolo di Vittoria. Arianna kicked off in 2004, making wines in a family farmhouse, before transferring, in 2013, to a purpose-built winery, where her 22 hectares of Frappato and Nero d’Avola, along with one-and-a-half hectares of intense Albanello and Zibibbo white grapes, are vinified using cement and Stockinger barrels (Slavonian, German, Austrian oak).
This Frappato comes from the single vineyard Fossa di Lupo, from which the fruit of the Grotte Alte also comes. This is a historic single vineyard that Arianna Occhipinti has been cultivating since 2004. The topsoil is sandy with mineral deposits that colour it partly red, partly brown. After 40 centimetres, one encounters pure limestone. The Frappato is grown there in Albarello – typical for Vittoria. The vineyard is located on the Monti Iblei, the Hyblaean Mountains in south-eastern Sicily. Around 2,600 bottles were produced. Color is animating cherry red with violet reflections, delicate lightening towards the rim. One is not disappointed, but notes with rapture that it transports the Burgundian finesse of the nose excellently to the tongue. Silky, polished tannins and lively acidity are wonderfully integrated into the refreshing fruit, delicately buffered by a fine yeasty note. A wine of beguiling elegance and impressive depth that wonderfully conveys the typicity of Frappato and Sicily into the bottle and glass. You want to keep drinking it forever and never get full. The dishes that accompany this wine also experience a wonderful inspiration and revitalization through it.