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Halarà (Barraco & La Distesa) Rosso 2019

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REGION:
Marsala, Sicily, Italy
GRAPES:
Parpato
VINEYARD:
Organic
CELLAR:
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites

This is made entirely of the rare Parpato grape. From a parcel of thirty five year old, north facing vines planted over calcareous soils, it is a mix of destemmed grapes which ferment on the skins for a month and whole bunches that macerate a couple of weeks. While light on its feet, it feels quintessentially Mediterranean with its black fruits, herbs, brine and spice.

Halarà is a project very much inspired by the Mediterranean and those that tend its land. It is a collaboration between Nino Barraco, Corrado Dottori of La Distesa and a handful of friends who happen to be some of Italy’s most talented winemakers. The idea is simple: to restore abandoned vineyards in the hills outside Marsala and produce wines that speak of this incredible place – the sun, the soil, the wind and most importantly, the sea. For now they are working with two hectares of thirty five year old vines planted with Catarratto and Parpato, a mysterious grape thought to be an ancient relative of Grenache. The vineyards face north and are planted over calcareous soils. Along with a stiff breeze from the Mediterranean, this lends these sun-kissed wines a beautiful freshness.