From the stone wall terraced ‘Vigna Bosco’ vineyard (only .33 of a hectare) which sits at 1300 metres above sea level high on the northern slopes (Etna Nord) near the town of Bronte. The vineyard is in the shadow of the volcano surrounded by ‘bosco’ (woods) of chestnut trees, holly oaks and juniper. It is planted to Alicante and small amounts of the white grape varieties Grecanico and Minella at a density of 10 000 plants per hectare in the traditional 1m x1m scheme. The vines are ancient with most being over 100 years old and third being more than 200 years old and all are trained alberello. The soil is ash and sand with the volcanic rock outcrops as well. The extreme temperature fluctuations in the vineyard give rise to grapes that are ripe yet delicate and the elevation ensures that a high level of acidity is always present giving the resultant wine a freshness and vibrancy alongside density and depth. Salmon in colour, the wine is delicate and extremely fine with a core of ripe boysenberry and raspberry fruit with a nice lick of juniper. Fresh, vibrant and long on the palate this is an incredibly pure wine from an incredible site.