VINO DI ANNA, Anna Martens, Etna
Anna Martens trained with Brian Croser for eight years and also worked with Ornellaia and Passopisciaro. She settled in Sicily, and has been making natural wines from grapes harvested on vineyards about 1000m above sea level in the Etna region. The red grape of choice is perfumed Nerello Mascalese, supplemented by a field blend of all manner of red and white grapes including Nerello Cappuccio and Alicante as well as the white Carricante. Nerello combines a certain muscularity with good acid structure from the poor, ash-rich soils.
‘Jeudi 15’ is described by Anna as a peasant wine and made in a way to enhance drinkability. The grapes are hand-harves ted, 2/3 whole bunch fermented in an open wooden vat, pressed after one week and transferred into stainless steel where it remains for 9 months on its lees. After a period to settle the wine is bottled without filtration, fining or sulphites. It is a pale red colour and wafts gentle aromas of bruised strawberries, morello cherries and balsam and background terroir notes of pepper, roast bay, mushroom and cooked earth.
“The 2009 looks like an aged burgundy with its antique crimson colour. Tastes old too, lovely sweetness with a hard-to-pin-down wild edge, slightly herbaceous. Appealing earthy fruit and spice.” Raymond Blake, BLAKE ON WINE