Noblesse Brut Metodo Classico — 2018
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: Terre Siciliane IGT Carricante Spumante
Altitude: 700 to 850 m s.l.m. / 2,300 to 2,800 ft a.s.l.
Climate: Mountain climate, humid, rainy and at times snowy in winter, with very high ventilation, luminosity and diurnal range.
Vine Age: 20 to 60 years old vines
Training: Trained as bushes or trellised
Soil: Volcanic sands, rich in minerals, with sub-acid reaction
Density: 6,000 to 7,000 vinestocks per hectare (2,429 – 2,834 vines per acre)
Yield: 7,000 – 8,000 kg/ha
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 24 months. The wine then rests for at least three months. Followed by 6 months in the bottle.
- Varietal Composition: The very first and still extremely rare sparkling wine made from 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 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
- Serving Suggestions: Light-to medium-bodied, elegant and refined sparking wine that may be served throughout a meal, especially with delicate fried fish and seafood recipes.
Noblesse Brut Metodo Classico — 2018 – Vinous – 92 Points
“The 2018 Brut Carricante Noblesse is smoky yet perfumed, with dusty dried flowers giving way to crushed green apple and hints of ground ginger. This washes across the palate with crystalline bubbles and mineral-tinged orchard fruits under an air of pretty inner florals. The 2018 finishes with a salty flourish, creating a distinctly savory impression, as herbal tones and hints of Granny Smith slowly fade. I must admit that I truly love the balance currently on display. Well done.”