Terre Tardive is a Sicilian sweet wine born from the signature blend of Chardonnay and Inzolia grapes undertaken in 1991 with the White Maria Costanza. It is a sophisticated and elegant wine, the result of innovation, in terms of quality and cultivation techniques, and of experimentation with blends and vinification methods. It is in fact the result of a late harvest thanks to which the grapes, left on the shoots beyond their ripeness, wither, enriching themselves with sugars. This gives more intense sweetness and flavor.
Denomination: IGP Terre Siciliane
Agriculture: Certified Organic
Grapes variety: dominant aromatic Chardonnay and Inzolia
Soil type: soil with a high clayey component, strongly calcareous
Vines per hectare: over 5600
Yield per hectare: 25 q
Training system: Tendone (Chardonnay) - espalier (Inzolia)
Harvest: Manual in 14 kg crates in September
Vinification: Delicate shelling of the Chardonnay, cold maceration for 24 hours. Soft pressing, fermentation blocked with the cold in order to preserve the sugar component. Inzolia: delicate de-stemming, soft pressing. Fermentation blocked with the cold in order to preserve the sugar component and avoid a high alcohol content.
Aging: Refinement in steel of the Chardonnay. For Inzolia, partial aging (50%) in first passage oak barrels for about six months, the remaining part in steel. Reassembly, bottling and further refinement in the bottle.
Alcoholic content: 14% Vol
Color: straw yellow with light amber reflections
Nose: broad, rich with evident tropical notes, such as ripe pineapple, papaya, mango, and candied orange. The notes of hay, peppermint and nettle are well balanced
Palate: structured, round and fresh. Persistent and fragrant, it is supported by a pleasant flavor
Food & Wine: medium-aged cheeses, foie gras, blue cheeses, truffles, dishes based on feathered game (quail, duck), scallops.
Originally bottled by Azienda Agricola G. Milazzo s.p.a. - Campobello di Licata (AG) - Italy