Noblesse ’48 Mesi’ Metodo Classico Brut Carricante — 2018
THE 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.
THE WINE: The selection of grapes from vineyards located on the eastern and southern slopes of Mount Etna, is particularly suitable given the high altitude and abundant luminosity.
- 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
- Exposure: Eastern/Southern exposure
- Density: 6,000 to 7,000 vinestocks per hectare (2,429 - 2,834 vines per acre)
Winter was cold with little rainfall. Spring was warmer than usual with occasional rain. June had a summery and dry climate. July experienced scorching heat for 15 days, with temperatures peaking at 40-43 °C. On the 15th of August, there was heavy rainfall, followed by limited hailstorms in some areas of the southeast and southwest on the 20th. In conclusion, the year was challenging and complicated in the Etna region, especially during the harvest period. Continuous rains made it difficult for grape harvesters. Those who worked well in the vineyard and selected grapes obtained a smaller quantity of wine, but of interesting quality. The white and rosé wines are promising in the short term, while the reds have the potential for aging.
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
- Varietal Composition: Carricante, the noble indigenous white grape of the Etna volcano
- Alcohol: 12%
- TA: 6.6 g/L
- p H: 3.30
color – Pale yellow with bright greenish tints
perlage – Numerous, fine and persistent bubbles
scent – Intense, delicate scents of orange and lemon flower and ripe apple
taste and body – Dry, elegant, with a pleasant acidity and nice aromatic persistence.
Noblesse ’48 Mesi’ Metodo Classico Brut Carricante — 2018 – 92 Points
“The 2018 Brut Metodo Classico Carricante Noblesse XLVIII, refined for forty-eight months on its lees, smolders up with a rich blend of crushed hazelnuts, yellow straw and ginger-spiked apples. This mixes savory and sweet, with salty minerals and confectionary spices mingling across a wave of creamy bubbles. The 2018 finishes with a saline tinge and pretty inner florals, tapering off with medium length and spicy.”