Today Planeta’s Chardonnay is an icon for the whole of Sicily. The vines of Ulmo and Maroccoli which create it are unique in their location and terroir. Its fermentation and maturing in French barrels, which by now has been carefully planned for years, delivers an extraordinarily graceful, powerful wine.
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Type Of Wine: White - Indicazione Geografica Tipica Sicilia (IGT)
First Year Of Production: 1994
Number Of Bottles Produced: 130.000
Production Area: Menfi - Sambuca di Sicilia (AG)
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
First year of vines production: 1985 and 1996
Altitude: 100 - 250 metri
Soil Type: ULMO: from shallow to very deep soil, medium texture: good presence of stones, slightly calcareous with sections of deep vegetable matter. DISPENSA: shallow soil, average limestone, with a good section of yellow and dark-grey clay; moderate fine texture, few stones.
Yield per Hectare: 7 tonnes; 1,7 Kg per vine
Training System: Vertical trellis; bilateral Guyot and spur pruned cordon
Planting Density: 3.800/4.500 vines/hectare
Harvest Period: 5 to 15th August
Vinification: The grapes are crushed and destemmed; the juice is clarified through settling cold overnight and then inoculated with a selected pure yeast. The fermentation is carried out in French oak barrels, where the wine is kept on his yeast lees for 10 months
Fermentation Equipment: 225 litres Allier oak barrels, half new and half of one year old
Fermentation Temperature: 20°C
Maturation Period: 10 month in 225 litres Allier oak barrels
Bottling Period: Second half of July
Duration Of Fementation: 15 days
Duration Of Maceration: 8-12 hours
Alcohol content: 14,50 % vol
Total Acidity: 6.70
Ageing Potential: to be drunk immediately or to keep up to 6 - 8 years