Il Cru dei Cru, l’Harmonium
Borgo Guarini Estate – Trapani province
Nero d’Avola means Sicily. The union between the prince of native Sicilian vines and the island is extraordinarily essential.
Proof of this is its diffusion in every viticultural area and its ability to give itself to winelovers with distinct nuances that vary from area to area from the coasts to the hills up to the most remote areas of Sicily.
And it is precisely the range of expressions that Nero d’Avola can offer that Firriato wanted to experiment with the blend of Cru that gives life to Harmonium. The grapes from three different vineyards are vinified separately to be blended with percentages that vary from year to year.
The three vintages of this 2020 vintage of Nero d’Avola in Borgo Guarini, in the countryside of Trapani, are the result of a variable and positive growing season.
The climatic conditions were optimal until the end of May and, only in the first ten days of June, rains occurred which created the right water reserves on the soil for the extension of the vegetative activity of the vines. The grapes are healthy in the three Crus and the production is on average with the last harvest.
Cru della Lepre
This is the smallest Cru of the Borgo Guarini estate, its grapes are characterised by small dimensions compared to other cru. This area is interested by higher temperature and vine has a southern exposure and benefits from northern winds .This microclimate together with vertisols texture and low percentage of minerals reduces vine development, which bears small grapes, so as to soon harvest them because of their untimely maturation. This cru brings intense aromatic components and fine undergrowth notes to Harmonium.
Cru della Beccaccia
This is the most fertile cru growing in vertisol rich in minerals such as potassium and magnesium. The vineyard covers 5ha of the Borgo Guarini estate and benefits from southern exposure. The soil difference plays a key role in easing blooming vine development with bigger grapes and a major production of plants with important anthocyanin component. These grapes will bring intense flavour to Harmonium, releasing nature fruit notes.
Cru della Ferla
The seven haectares of Nero d’Avola grapes of the Cru della Ferla tend to late maturation compared to the others growing in the Borgo Guarini estate. In this area, the microclimate is slightly colder with marked temperature fluctuations between day and night. As a matter of fact, this microclimate makes vegetative process slow down so grapes achieve the complete maturation some days later. In this area of the estate soil is characterised by clayey-based inceptisol texture. This soil eases the vertical development of roots, making vines stronger. Grapes are collected last with low sugar and alchol level and a more intense acid component giving to Harmonium delicate fragrances of fresh Maediterranean fruits.