Contrada Cavaliere, Etna Bianco DOC — 2019
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
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.
- 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%
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