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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Sciacarello (sometimes written Sciaccarello and Sciaccarellu) is a speciality of the French island of corsica where plantings had grown to 906 ha/2,238 acres by 2011. dna profiling has established that both Sciacarello and the Corsican variety known as Malvasia Montanaccio are in fact the genetically important mammolo of Tuscany. The grape variety is capable of producing red fruit-flavoured if not necessarily deep-coloured reds and fine rosés that can smell of the island’s herby scrubland. The vine has good disease resistance and thrives particularly successfully on the granitic soils in the south west around Ajaccio and Sartène. It buds and ripens late and is less important than nielluccio.