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 historic single vineyard Pettineo, which lies beyond the Serra San Bartolo. The topsoil is sandy with a depth of 50 to 60 centimeters. After that, one finds limestone. Originally the Frappato, now about 60 years old, stood there in Albarello upbringing, then the previous owner raised them in wire frames where they grew very tall. About 2,600 bottles were produced.
Dark fruit of black cherries, blackberries, plum jam and brown bread immediately rise to the nose of the PT Vino di Contrada. It is nicely rounded off by tobacco, dark liquid chocolate and roasted rosemary. It seems more compact and denser than the other two Contrada, but no less inspiring.The same density and fullness as in the nose it also shows on the palate. The fruit sweetness in combination with the intense salty note makes it appear sexy and beguiling in the truest sense of the word. At the same time, it conveys an incredible clarity and freshness, which is further underlined by the moderate alcohol of 12.5 vol%. A wine with high presence and a powerful palate, which gives drinking pleasure and at the same time has a very good storage potential.