2016 HAUNER 'HIERA' ROSSOHauner
Producer: Carlo Hauner
Grape: 60% Nero d’Avola, 30% Alicante, 10% Nocera
Region: Salina and Vulcano, Sicily
Zone: Sicilia IGT
Carlo Hauner was an extraordinary man. Born in Brescia in 1927, Carlo established a brilliant international reputation as an artist and designer. Visiting the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily for the first time in 1963, he fell in love with their natural beauty and, in particular, the famous Malvasia dessert wines.
These seven volcanic islands, now UNESCO World Heritage Sites, had been left decimated by mass emigration, much of it to Australia, following phylloxera and two world wars. Carlo is credited with bringing the Islands Malvasia dolce back to life, described by Gambero Rosso as “flaunting nuances of Mediterranean scrubland and delicious echoes of candied citrus”.
The range also includes a refreshing white from Cataratto and Inzolia; juicy and fruit forward Rosso from Nero d’Avola and Nerello Mascalese and the stunning Hiera, made from Nero d’Avola, Alicante and Nocera.
All the labels feature artwork by Carlo, drawing on the natural beauty and colours of Salina; reds and oranges of the moon and dawn, the black of the volcano and the blue of the sea.
Tasting note: On the nose there is lush red fruit, especially cherry, and a black fruit palate with hints of leather. Dry, medium to full body, medium acidity and medium tannins. Very well balanced.
Growing System: Guyot
Soil Composition: Volcanic soil
Production: After hand picking in the 1st week of September the grapes undergo a lengthy maceration on the skins before aging in stainless steel and barriques. The wine rests for four months in the bottle before release.
Alcohol (%): 13.5%