Sicily, Italy

Contrada Cavaliere, Etna Bianco DOC — 2019

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • South-western slope of Mount Etna in Contrada Cavaliere (part of the village of Santa Maria di Licodia), particularly suited for its high elevation and abundant luminosity.

      Appellation: Etna DOC Bianco

      Climate: Mountain climate, less rainy than other slopes of Mount Etna, with high ventilation and luminosity and extremely significant diurnal range.

      Altitude: 950 m a.s.l. / c.3,100 ft a.s.l.

      Vine Age: 50 years old.

      Training:Trained with Guyot system

      Soil: Sandy, volcanic, rich in skeleton and minerals, with sub-acid reaction

      Density: 6,500 vinestocks per hectare

      Yield: 6,000 kg/ha

  • Vinification

    • Grapes are hand-picked after mid-October and softly pressed. Fermentation occurs for about 12 days at a controlled temperature in stainless steel vats, using a specific indigenous yeast selected in the vineyard by Benanti. The wine matures in stainless steel tanks on the fine lees for about 12 months, with frequent stirrings.

    • Aging: In stainless steel tanks on the fine lees for about 12 months, with frequent stirrings. Followed by 6 months in the bottle.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Carricante, the noble indigenous white grape of the Etna volcano. The berries are medium-sized with very pruinose skin and a green-yellowish color. The bunches are of average length and scattered
    • Alcohol: 12%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Color: Pale yellow with greenish tints
      Scent: Intense, rich, delicate, fruity with hints of orange blossom and ripe apple
      Taste and Body: Dry, mineral, harmonious with pleasant acidity, aromatic persistence
      and aftertaste of anise and almond.

    • Serving Suggestions: Fish, including elaborate recipes