Benanti

Sicily, Italy

Contrada Rinazzo, Etna Bianco DOC Superiore — 2019

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Contrada Rinazzo in the village of Milo, on the eastern slope of Mount Etna, facing the Ionian Sea

      Appellation: Etna D.O.C. Bianco Superiore, which accounts for less than 1% of the aggregate Etna D.O.C. production

      Altitude: 800 m a.s.l. (2,600 feet a.s.l.)

      Climate: Mountain climate, humid, rainy and snowy in winter, with very high ventilation, luminosity and diurnal range

      Soil: Volcanic sands, rich in minerals, with sub-acid reaction (pH 6.5)

      Density: 8,000 vinestocks per hectare (3,239 vines per acre)

  • Vinification

    • Grapes are hand-picked after mid-October, de-stemmed and softly pressed. Fermentation occurs for about 12 days at a controlled temperature in stainless steel, 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: The wine matures in stainless steel tanks on the fine lees for about 12 months, with frequent stirrings. Followed by 6 months in the bottle.

      Vine Age: Young vines

      Training: Head-trained, short-pruned bush vines (“alberello”) grown on small terraces with dry lava-stone walls

       

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Carricante, the noble indigenous white grape variety 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: 12.5%
  • Tasting Notes

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

    • Serving Suggestions: Fish and seafood, including elaborate recipes