Its name is taken from the wild shrub which covers the valleys around Lake Arancio with its yellow flowers in springtime. It is a single variety Grecanico, produced from the historic 25-year old Ulmo Vineyard, and thus able to express to the utmost the unique characteristics of this noble and ancient Sicilian grape.
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Classification: I.G.T. Sicilia;
Grape varieties: 50% Grecanico, 50% Chardonnay;
First year of production: 1995;
Number of bottles produced: 100.000;
Production area: Sambuca di Sicilia (AG);
Name of planting of wineyard: Ulmo -1985;
Altitude: 200/250 metres;
Yield per hectare: 9 tonnes; 2,2 Kg. per vine;
Training system: Vertical trellis, bilateres Guyot;
Planting density: 3.800 vines/hectare;
Harvest period: Chardonnay 10th to 20th August, Grecanico 25 to 30th September;
Vinification: the grapes are crushed and destemmed; the juice is clarified through settling cold overnight and then inoculated with selected pure yeast. Fermentation and storage of the Grecanico and part of the Chardonnay is carried out in stainless steel tanks. In oak barrels the other part of the Chardonnay;
Fermentation equipment: stainless steel tanks. Part of the Chardonnay is fermented in 225-litre new Allier oak barrels;
Fermentation temperature: 15° C in steel tanks, 20° C in barrels;
Bottling period: Second half of February;
Duration of fermentation: 12 days;
Alcohol content: 13.40% vol.;
Total acidity: 6.30
Ageing potential: to be drunk immediately or to be kept up to 4 - 5 years;
Soil tipe: From shallow to very deep soil, medium texture: good presence of stones, slightly calcareous with sections of deep vegetable matter;
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