ETNA BIANCO D.O.C. (11/8/1968).
Area of production: Countryside Caselle, on the eastern
side of the Etna, in the commune of Milo (Ct) and countryside Cavaliere, on the southern side of Etna, commune of Santa Maria di Licodia (Ct).
Altitude: 900 and 1.000 m asl.
Climate: high rainfall and humidity with great temperature changes throughout the day.
Terrain: sandy, volcanic, rich in minerals, with a subacid reaction.
Grape Variety: Carricante 100%, grown as alberello
(free standing bush). This indigenous vine is cultivated only on Etna. Its name seems to attributed by the vine-grovers of Viagrande because of its characteristics of allowing a good, constant production over the years. The bunches, at ripeness, are of average length usually, and scattered; the grape is of medium-sized with very pruinose skin and a greenyellowish color. The pulp is juicy and the taste is simple and sweet.
Density of implantation: 6.000 and 8.000 vinestocks per
Grapes yield per hectare: 80 q.
Age of vineyards: 35 and 50 years.
Vinification: the grapes at late ripening (3rd decade
of October) intact are softly pressed. The fermentation process is slow, at a temperature of 18-20°C in steels vats. The wine is left to mature for a certain period of time in tanks, before being placed in bottles.
Refining: in bottles for two months.
Organoleptic characteristics: - Color: pale yellowish with bright greenish tints.
- Scent: intense, rich, delicate, fruity, of ripe apple.
- Taste: dry with a pleasant acidity and nice aromatic persistence.
Alcoholic content: 12-12,5% by VOL.
Serving temperature: 10-12°C.
Gastronomic accompaniment: with all kinds of a seafood.
Bottled originally from AZIENDA VINICOLA BENANTI SRL-VIAGRANDE (CT) ITALY