2020 Cortese 'Senia' Nero d'Avola Sicilia DOC (Organic)

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2020 Cortese 'Senia' Nero d'Avola Sicilia DOC (Organic)

When they created Senia, they took their inspiration from traditional fermentation techniques. For this reason the Nero d’Avola is fermented in open top barriques, in small quantities of around 150 litres. Senia has a extremely limited production of about 8.000 bottles per year.

Tasting Notes


An extremely intense ruby red in colour. 


On the bouquet there are prominent dark fruit notes of plums and blackberries, with nuances of balsamic, liqorice and carob. 


A very full-bodied wine, with a refreshing acidity, and a long finish showing soft and intense tannins.

2020 Cortese 'Senia' Nero d'Avola Sicilia DOC (Organic)

Vineyards & Vinification

We ferment the grapes in open top barriques in small lots of around 150 litres. Using this method, it’s not possible to control the temperature during fermentation, but it never exceeds 18-24C°. The small volume allows it to adjust itself naturally.

The grapes undergo fermentation for 10-12 days. The use of open top barrels allows us to carry out “follatura” (manually pushing down the skins) as often as is necessary for the natural and delicate extraction of colour and tannins from the skins.

We leave the wine in contact with the skins for about 20 days after the fermentation and then for a total of 30-35 days.

Once the maceration on the skins has ended, the wine is placed in barriques for the malolactic fermentation, after which it remains in barrel for 12 months before bottling. The wine stays a further 6 months in bottle before being released on to the market.


91 pts points | James Suckling
I like the dried-spice, tobacco and ash character to the black plum and black cherry fruit. It’s medium- to full-bodied with plenty of spicy and smoky flavours. Soft tannins. Delicious now.

17/20 points | Jancis Robinson


Year 2020
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar Nero d'Avola
Country Italy
Alcohol content
14.5% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.5 units
Type Red Wine
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Dietary Information Organic
Origin Sicilia DOC