The other night it was pouring down heavily, my train was delayed and when I finally got back home I was exhausted. I had one of those days in which you don’t stop for a second, and when you can finally relax, lie on the sofa and watch some telly, your brain just won’t let you, because is still busy thinking a gazillion things.
I decided I needed a good friend to keep me company, one of the few that never disappoint you because they are truthful and sincere, so I went for my massive cellar (a tiny cabinet in the kitchen…) and uncorked one of my favorite Sicilian wines, the Mandrarossa Syrah from Cantine Settesoli, Menfi (AG).
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The Syrah cultivated in this part of Sicily (south-west/Agrigento province), also known as Shiraz, is unique and definitely a superb product.
Essentially for two reasons: the sandy soil where the grapes grow and the perfect weather that gives the wine a fruity, tasty but delicate flavor.
It is a quite structured wine with a red intense color and purple tinges and notes of figs, lavender and elderflower.
It can be used as a “mono-cultivar” (100% sirah) or blended with Nero d’Avola.
Best served at room temperature (16-18 degrees).
The perfect pairing for this red are dishes like grilled vegetables, semi-matured cheese and the traditional macco di fave, the fava bean mash.
As I was ready to eat, I looked outside the window and the rain had stopped. I could see the light of the moon. I switched on the heating, cut a slice of bread, had some grilled aubergine with cheese and poured myself a glass of this lovely wine, and I soon felt warm and reassured.
Never underestimate what a good friend can do for you.