Tenuta Rapitalà - Hugonis Cabernet Sauvignon/Nero d’Avola Sicilia I.G.T. 2018
Hugonis with its powerful and austere style is the most prized product of Tenuta Rapitalà, the legacy wine. The seal of Hugonis Bernardi – a knight in armor with two leopards – which appears on the label, is the coat-of-arms of the family of Hugues Bernard de la Gatinais and his son, Laurent.
Terroir: 100% estate-grown fruit is sourced from Nero d’Avola and Cabernet Sauvignon plots situated between 1,000 and 1,300 feet above sea level on rich, clay soils. Guyot-trained vines have limited yields of 28 quintals per acre.
Vinification: The grapes are harvested in mid-September. Each parcel is harvested and vinified separately in small, stainless steel vats with long macerations, over two weeks for the Cabernet Sauvignon and one week for the Nero d’Avola. At the end of fermentation, the wines are transferred to French oak barriques (50% new and 50% second and third passage) where they are left to mature for 18 months before being blended and bottled. The resulting wine rests in bottle for six months before release.
Laurent de la Gatinais discusses Hugonis
Additional Details editDeep red color, full and complex bouquet with definite varietal notes, very well structured, abundant tannins and a long and lingering aftertaste.
- Appellation: Sicilia IGT
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- Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
- Soil: Loose clay, sand
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- Alcohol: 14%
- Ttl Acidity: 5 g/l
- Residual Sugar: 3.7 g/l
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- Sizes Available: 750ml, 1.5L
- Pack Size: 6/750ml
- Varietals: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Nero d'Avola
Recent News edit
Wine Enthusiast Rating: 90
Author: Kerin O'Keefe
Date: Friday, December 31, 2021
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Nero d'Avola, this has aromas of black-skinned berries, toasted oak and Mediterranean scrub. The savory, full-bodied palate offers black currant jam, licorice and mocha alongside fine-grained tannins. Drink through 2028.