Sicily, Italy

Noblesse ’48 Mesi’ Metodo Classico Brut Carricante — 2016

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  • Introduction

    • WINERY: Winemaking in the Benanti family can be traced back to the late 1800s in Viagrande. This deep-rooted passion for wine is what led Giuseppe Benanti to establish the namesake winery in 1988.

      WINE: Selection of grapes from vineyards located on the eastern and southern slopes of Mount Etna, particularly suitable given the high altitude and abundant luminosity.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Terre Siciliane IGT Carricante Spumante
    • Location: Sicily
    • Cultivation: Sustainable
    • Vine Age: 20 to 60 years old vines
    • Soil: Sandy, volcanic, rich in minerals, with sub-acid reaction
    • Density: 6,000 to 7,000 vinestocks per hectare (2,429 - 2,834 vines per acre)
  • Vintage Report

    • Mild winter with warm temperatures and some rainfall. Spring was warm with early buds and high temperatures until late April. May experienced a drastic weather change with a drop in temperature from 25°C to 12°C and heavy rains. June had sporadic rains at the beginning, followed by a typical dry summer climate. July was hot and dry. August started with a hot first week, followed by lower temperatures and scattered rain in the second week, and ended hot and dry. September began with two weeks of rain and below-average temperatures, while the third week had alternating sun and showers. October started with sun and rain in the first weeks, then had sun and warm temperatures from the third week onwards.

  • Vinification

    • Grapes are hand picked and softly pressed without any de-stemming. Fermentation takes place in steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 16-18°C. The wine is left to mature on its lees until late spring, when it is bottled with selected yeasts to induce the second fermentation. The disgorgement and dosage occur after 48 months. The wine then rests for at least three months.

    • Aging: Matures on lees until late spring. After disgorgement, wine rests for 3 months.
    • Disgorged: After 48 months
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Carricante, the noble indigenous white grape of the Etna volcano
    • Alcohol: 12%
    • TA: 7.0 g/L
    • p H: 3.10
  • Tasting Notes

    • Pale yellow with bright greenish tints. Numerous, fine, and persistent bubbles. Intense nose, delicate scents of orange and lemon flowers, and ripe apple. Dry, and elegant, with a pleasant acidity and nice aromatic persistence.