Etna Bianco DOC — 2020
Selection of grapes from vineyards located on the eastern and southern slopes of Mount Etna, particularly suitable given the high altitude and abundant luminosity
Appellation: Etna DOC Bianco
Climate: Mountain and high hill climate, humid and rainy in the cooler season, with high ventilation and luminosity and very significant diurnal range.
Altitude: 700 to 950 m a.s.l. / 2,300 to 3,100 ft a.s.l.
Vine Age: Ranging from 20 to 60 years. Trained with free standing bush (“alberello”) and spurred cordon systems
Soil: Sandy, volcanic, rich in minerals, with sub-acid reaction
Density: Ranging from 6,000 to 7,000 vinestocks per hectare (2,429 – 2,834 vines per acre)
Yield: 7,0000 – 8,000 kg/ha
Grapes are hand picked around mid October, de-stemmed and softly pressed. Fermentation occurs for about 12 days at a controlled temperature of 18°C in stainless steel vats, using a specific indigenous yeast selected in the vineyard by Benanti. The maturation occurs in stainless steel on the fine lees for some time.
- Aging: In stainless steel on the fine lees for some time. Followed by 2-3 months in the bottle.
- 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%
Color: Pale yellow with greenish tints
Scent: Intense, delicate, mildly fruity (apple)
Taste and Body: Dry, mineral with pleasant acidity, saline notes and a long finish
- Serving Suggestions: Fish and seafood; also ideal by the glass