Marchesi di San Giuliano - Belluzza 2009
Wine Style: Red - Still - Dry
Appellation: Sicilia IGT
Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo, Alicante
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Intense ruby red, balck cherry jam, blackberries, juniper, mint, black pepper and nutmeg, full-bodied with a good structure, velvety tannins and a persistent finish on the palate.
Hearty meat-based dishes such as wild boar, braised meat, spicy sausage and aged cheese.
The Paternò Castello di San Giuliano are one of the oldest families in Sicily. Their properties consist of 600 acres, between Catania and Syracuse, and are made up of two estates. The smallest is near the village of Villasmundo, and is the heart of the ancient estate of San Giuliano. The biggest estate is characterized by two deep valleys, dug by the rivers Marcellino and Belluzza across the plateau called Curcuraggi, 1000 feet above sea level, always dry and ventilated, with dry and well-drained calcareous soil, ideal for the cultivation of vines and olive-trees.
The idea of re-creating the vineyards of Curcuraggi stemmed from the meeting between Giuseppe di San Giuliano and Peter Vinding-Diers – a highly talented winemaker and authentic wine “guru” – who came to Sicily after making wine practically all over the world, and with a handshake a gentlemen's agreement was sealed.
The vineyards were planted in 2004 and 2005 on the Curcuraggi plateau – an ideal location due to the perfect climate, excellent lay of the land and soil composition. The vines were planted at a density of 7.500 per hectare using the “alberello” system as dictated by local traditions.
The wine cellar, which is the natural extension of the vineyards, has been restored and a contemporary barrel and vinification cellar has been added, respecting the architectural traditions of this part of Sicily. The wine cellar, tailor made to the size of the vineyard, holds 300 barrels.