La Monaca

Estate Sallier de La Tour

La Monaca

Vintage 2018

La Monaca, named after the historic winery, comes from special biotypes of Syrah that have shown unique adaptability on the Sallier de La Tour Estate. This is the Sicilian expression of a variety whose origin is disputed, but which has found in the DOC Monreale territory, and specifically in the Jato valley, an ideal place to grow.

The La Monaca vineyard, planted in 2011, is characterized by a soil with a sandy texture (37.4% sand and 12.5% clay), well ventilated, thoroughly draining and therefore drier, which makes the vine less vigorous. The north-east exposure guarantees good light and freshness, especially in summer; this means that in warmer and drier years the vine suffers less, maintaining a constant maturation. The presence of active limestone facilitates the development of aromas and the richness of potassium favours the accumulation of sugars, aromas and anthocyanins.

The low vigour, the low productivity and the characteristics of the soil are favourable to a balanced and complete ripening of the grapes, more suitable for red wines with good structure and long ageing. The espalier cultivation system is used, with Guyot pruning and a density of 4,600 vines per hectare.

  • Grapes: Syrah
  • Appellation: Red Monreale DOC
  • Vine growing area: Sallier de La Tour Estate – Monreale (PA) – Sicily
  • Vineyard: La Monaca
  • Planting year: 2011
  • Elevation: 320 m s a.s.l.
  • Vineyard exposure: North-East
  • Training system: espalier
  • Pruning system: guyot
  • Vines per ha: 4.600
  • Yields per ha: 80 ql
  • Harvest period: September 18th
  • Fermentation: traditional in red
  • Fermentation temperature: 25-30°C
  • Duration of fermentation: 15 days
  • Malolactic fermentation: fully developed
  • Ageing: in French oak barrels for 14 months
  • Alcohol content: 15% Vol.
  • Wine analytical data: pH 3.42 – TA 6 g/l – RS 1.1 g/l – TE 32.2 g/l


  • Event: Annuario dei Migliori Vini d'Italia - Luca Maroni
  • Year: 2013
  • Prize or title conferred: Il Miglior Vino (89)
  • Vintage: 2010
  • Event: Syrah du Monde
  • Year: 2013
  • Prize or title conferred: Medaglia d'Argento
  • Vintage: 2009
  • Event: I Vini di Veronelli - Guida Oro Veronelli
  • Year: 2013
  • Prize or title conferred: Super Tre Stelle
  • Vintage: 2010
  • Event: Robert Parker
  • Year: 2016
  • Prize or title conferred: 91 points
  • Vintage: 2012
  • Event: James Suckling
  • Year: 2018
  • Prize or title conferred: 94 points
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Event: Robert Parker
  • Year: 2019
  • Prize or title conferred: 92+ points
  • Vintage: 2017
La Monaca