|Wine||Montecarrubo Cuvee Suzanne|
|D.O/Zona||Terre Siciliane IGT|
|Rates & awards||–|
|Bottle volume||75 cl.|
Vineyard & Winemaking
|Winemaking||Fermentation on natural yeasts, followed by malolactic fermentation.|
|Aging||Two barrel to barrel rackings. Solphur uptare in barrel. Racked to tank for bottling without filtration.|
Peter’s vast experience making wine in South Africa, Bordeaux, Brazil, Kenya, Spain, Chile and Hungary is nothing short of incredible – he is renown for having revolutionised Graves by changing the style of white wines in 1979 (followed by Denis Dubourdieu in 1980); It is thanks to Peter that Rahoul was accepted into the Union des Grands Crus and Landiras into Les Grands Blancs de Bordeaux. In Hungary in the 90s he founded the Royal Tokaji Company with wine author Hugh Johnson, where he found the old 1700 classification and changed the style of wine back to its former pre-war and pre-communism style. This is a man who seeks out serious terroir and then treats it impeccably to allow it to realise its potential.
His autobiography ‘En håndfuld oliven og et glas vin’ has been published in Danish and is due to be published in English in 2020.
Established in 2005 by Peter and Susie Vinding-Diers, Montecarrubo is a small estate situated on the remains of a volcano in Sicily, which exploded around two million years ago (but is still full of energy!). It lies near the town of Melilli with a view over the Ionian Sea and bay of Augusta, between Catania and Siracusa.
Having bought land that was simply grass and stones with pieces of old lava interspersed, they borrowed a huge bulldozer from a good friend. After ripping and ploughing they found two wonderful fields of perfect soil: light sand with fragments of coral reef to the West with deep loamy granulated black subsoil full of oxygen. And to the East, facing the Ionian Sea, a former seabed with fossilised sand. You could call this a paleolithic vineyard (sic).
It all lies on a lime plateau and below this more ancient lava with layers of loess and lime plus the famous coral reef.