ETNA BIANCO SUPERIORE DOC11/8/1968).
Area of production: countryside Caselle, on the eastern side of Etna, commune of Milo (Ct). Only the Etna Bianco produced in this region may be given the title of Superiore.
Altitude: 950 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), in part root stock. This indigenous vine is
cultivated only on Etna. It seems that the name Carricante has been given by the vine-growers of Viagrande because of its constant production over the years. The bunches, at ripeness are of average length, usually scattered. The grapes are medium-size
with pruinose skin, green yellowish colour, juicy pulps with a sweet and simple taste.
Density of implantation: 9.000 vinestocks per hectare.
Grapes yield per hectare: 70 q.
Age of vineyards: 80 years.
Vinification: the grapes at late ripening (3rd decade
of October) intact are softly pressed. Fermentation takes place in steel tanks 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 10-12 months.
Organoleptic characteristics: - Color: pale yellowish with greenish tints.
- Scent: intense, rich and fruity, of orange and lemon flower, and ripe apple.
- Taste: dry, with pleasant acidity, nice aromatic persistence and after taste of anise and almond.
Alcoholic content: 12-13% by VOL.
Serving temperature: 12-14°C, in glasses suitable for white bodied wines.
Gastronomic accompaniment: with fish even if elaborate.
Duration: it expresses its fruity refining four years after harvest. It maintains its organoleptic characteristics, evolving for several years.
Bottled originally from AZIENDA VINICOLA BENANTI SRL-VIAGRANDE (CT) ITALY