Cusumano, Benuara 2006
Relatively young but well known Sicilian Cusumano vinery, owned by brothers Alberto and Diego, has been the guest of our wine reviews on several occasions. So far, all the impressions were very positive, so we expected this tradition to continue even before this bottle was opened.
Just like many other Italian wineries, Cusumano also based the majority of its selection on authentic varieties for which they believe can best present the terroir characteristics through the wine. At the same time, learning from the experience of northern Italian regions, they are not afraid to make wines with that were partially or completely made out of international varieties, and the wines are mostly recognizable as wines rich in aromas, with full body, smooth and appealing.
The tasted wine is a blend of the most pronounced Sicilian variety of Nero d'Avola and Syrah in 70/30 ratio. The intoxicating and aromatic character of Nero d'Avola is supplemented with a rich and extract full Syrah, giving a strong, southern wine. The grapes coming from the south oriented vineyards near the city of Pachino were macerated for two days at 7°C, followed by alcohol and malolactic fermentation. 80% of the wine aged in stainless steel, while 20% aged in large oak barrels, which was sufficient enough for the wine to be enriched with subtle smoke notes.
The aroma is dominated by strong aromas of dark berry fruits and mint that are unfortunately overpowered by alcohol. With the first sip, your mouth will be coated by ripe, satin tannins. In combination with solid acidity, they will tell you that this is a lithesome and pleasant wine that will pair well with appropriate dishes. The peppery “touch” of Syrah and fruitiness of Nero d'Avole complement each other very well and contribute to the entire structure.
Lithesome, and concerning the extract and warmth, a rather smooth wine.
This wine can be purchased in Vivat i partneri wine boutique.
Best paired with:
barbecue dishes. It will pair exceptionally well with spaghetti Bolognese.
18 to 20°C