Info about the wine
SP68 is the autostrada SP68 that winds through the Sicilian countryside behind the vineyard near Vittoria, with white and blue signs marking the way. The red version of the SP68 is a cuvée of Frappato and Nero d'Avola, unlike a Cerasulo di Vittoria, where the proportion of Nero d'Avola must be at least 50 %. The vineyard is situated at 280 metres and is characterised by terra rossa soils with chalk inclusions. After spontaneous fermentation, the wine remains on the grape skins for 15 days, is aged for six months in concrete tanks and bottled unfiltered.
Dense, slightly cloudy violet red.
The 2021 SP68 from Occhipinti presents itself youthful, dominated by fresh fruit reminiscent of cool raspberries, blueberries and intense sour cherries. Its seductive character is intensified by the floral scent of violets, lavender and wild roses. It is given a Mediterranean touch by wild rosemary, thyme and juniper. Everything is beautifully framed by its stony and delicately smoky character, which will become even more prominent with further maturation.
The overall impression on the tongue is also wonderfully refreshing, the fruit of sour cherries and dark berries combines with stimulating acidity and fine tannin. It drinks with an unbelievable lightness and also seems almost floating due to its low alcohol of only 12.5 vol%. It is best enjoyed slightly chilled on a balmy summer night on the balcony or terrace with grilled dishes and food with Mediterranean, of course Italian, flair.
Food recommendations by Christina Hilker
- Rosemary polenta slices roasted with cherry tomatoes
- Beef fillet strips on radicchio, beetroot, walnuts and raspberries
- Grilled sea bass with lemon, thyme and fennel with Sicilian olive oil
Azienda Agricola Arianna Occhipinti, Via dei Mille 55, 97019 Vittoria / Italy