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Frappato, Terre Sicilia, Mandrarossa 2021

Red Wine from Italy - S Italy and Islands
3.818180000 star rating 11 Reviews
One of the standouts of the 2022 Wine Champions tasting, this light, fresh Sicilian red with floral and wild-raspberry notes wowed our buyers. ‘Bright, lifted and delicious,’ said one tasting panel member; ‘a style of red I adore’ said another.
Price: £10.95 Bottle
Price: £65.50 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: IT33851

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Frappato
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2023
  • 13% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Twin top

Settesoli

The Settesoli co-operative is the largest wine company in Sicily, owning 5% of the island’s entire vineyard area.

The company was founded in 1958 by a group of farmers who wanted to beat the serious economic difficulties that were spreading across the island. They released their first vintage in 1965, and spent the next 15 years perfecting the production of wines using Sicily’s indigenous grape varieties. In the 1980s, the company began to introduce international varieties like cabernet sauvignon, merlot and sauvignon blanc, and the 1990s saw the blossoming of the premium Mandrarossa range. Since then the company has continued to expand whilst keeping the quality levels consistently high.

The co-operative now comprises around 2,500 members, who between them harvest over 12,000 acres of vineyards. The company owns four separate wineries which it uses to produce 20 million bottles every year, around 60% of which are exported to over 35 countries worldwide.

Settesoli is located at Menfi, a town on the hills in Sicily’s south-west corner not far from Agrigento. It isn’t surprising that this area has been known for its wine production for thousands of years: the slopes, the sea, and the mild, sunny climate all contribute to an ideal vine growing environment. Vineyards range from sea level up to a height of 400m in the hills, meaning there are a variety of microclimates to explore. These are separated into individual parcels so that each grape variety can be planted in its ideal...
The Settesoli co-operative is the largest wine company in Sicily, owning 5% of the island’s entire vineyard area.

The company was founded in 1958 by a group of farmers who wanted to beat the serious economic difficulties that were spreading across the island. They released their first vintage in 1965, and spent the next 15 years perfecting the production of wines using Sicily’s indigenous grape varieties. In the 1980s, the company began to introduce international varieties like cabernet sauvignon, merlot and sauvignon blanc, and the 1990s saw the blossoming of the premium Mandrarossa range. Since then the company has continued to expand whilst keeping the quality levels consistently high.

The co-operative now comprises around 2,500 members, who between them harvest over 12,000 acres of vineyards. The company owns four separate wineries which it uses to produce 20 million bottles every year, around 60% of which are exported to over 35 countries worldwide.

Settesoli is located at Menfi, a town on the hills in Sicily’s south-west corner not far from Agrigento. It isn’t surprising that this area has been known for its wine production for thousands of years: the slopes, the sea, and the mild, sunny climate all contribute to an ideal vine growing environment. Vineyards range from sea level up to a height of 400m in the hills, meaning there are a variety of microclimates to explore. These are separated into individual parcels so that each grape variety can be planted in its ideal terroir.

Learning from the ancient viticulturists, the company still uses traditional vine training methods, such as the widely-practised goblet (or bush-training), and ‘spalliera’ or wire-training. Conversely, it also uses state-of-the-art technology to determine the best time for harvesting and, once the grapes have been hand-harvested, modern techniques in the winery (such as an advanced refrigeration system) ensure the grapes achieve their fruity, fragrant potential.

Settesoli’s premium Mandrarossa range uses only the best grapes, each vineyard plot of which is fermented separately in order to reflect the influence of the land in creating these aromatic, attractive wines.
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Frappato is the name of the Sicilian grape variety that this wine is made from. And it produces light cherry and toffee tasting wine – rather like French pinot noir that comes from Burgundy – but this...
Frappato is the name of the Sicilian grape variety that this wine is made from. And it produces light cherry and toffee tasting wine – rather like French pinot noir that comes from Burgundy – but this southern Europe version also tastes nice slightly chilled. Making this a nice choice for a back garden picnic.
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Paula Goddard

Belfast Newsletter

Wine of the Week: ... versatile, light-bodied and wonderfully fresh ... Best served lightly chilled, this elegant Sicilian red has an abundance of soft raspberry and dark cherry flavours with just a tiny...
Wine of the Week: ... versatile, light-bodied and wonderfully fresh ... Best served lightly chilled, this elegant Sicilian red has an abundance of soft raspberry and dark cherry flavours with just a tiny hint of spice alongside lively floral notes and will be an ideal companion to meaty fish like monkfish or tuna. So, if you are someone or you even just know someone who wants a great red wine that you can pair with fish, here’s your answer.
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Raymond Gleug

Times of Tunbridge Wells

Don’t dillydally, this is your chirpy, chillable red summer wine sorted! If you like Beaujolais, you’ll love this. Thin-skinned frappato produces charming fresh and floral low-tannin reds that can be...
Don’t dillydally, this is your chirpy, chillable red summer wine sorted! If you like Beaujolais, you’ll love this. Thin-skinned frappato produces charming fresh and floral low-tannin reds that can be served faintly chilled. They put me in mind of decent Beaujolais as regards mouthfeel and taste. This recently crowned Wine Society ‘Champion’ (the award-winning buying team blind-tasted more than 900 wines to highlight those that all the buyers “agreed tasted particularly good at that moment and were an ideal choice in the coming months”) is beautifully floral with a satiny texture and has waves of tangy pomegranate and red fruit flavours. The pretty juiciness on the palate will encourage you to pour a second lightly-chilled glass. This is a wine that sings! It’s an exceedingly chillable medium-plus-bodied package and the perfect foil for meaty fish such as rare tuna, swordfish and grilled salmon. Try it also with salads and summery pasta dishes such as pasta con le sarde (Sicily on a plate). Sassy, quaffable, easy drinking. Best enjoyed cool rather than fridge-cold. Go out of your way to get this “Champ” whilst stocks last.
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James Viner

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