Planeta's Santa Cecilia is the Nero d'Avola par excellence of the cellar. Produced from vineyards grown in Noto, the territory of origin of the Sicilian vine par excellence, Santa Cecilia has obtained the recognition of the DOC Noto. It is right here at the southeastern end of Sicily that the Mediterranean climate and white soils give us a DOC of unique and extraordinary quality.
Vines: Buonivini (selection of the vineyards: 'Zuppardo' and 'Agliastro')
Grape Variety: Nero d'Avola
Type of soil: very calcareous soils, abundant and small skeleton; fine texture with light-colored clayey fraction.
Altitude: 35-40 meters a.s.l.
Yield per hectare: 85 q.li.
Training system: espalier with spurred cordon pruning
Vine density: 5,050 plants per hectare.
Harvest period: 24-25 September
Harvest: grapes harvested by hand and immediately transported to the cellar
Vinification: after destemming, crushing and crushing, the grapes ferment in steel tanks. The grapes were moved 3 times a day with very short pumping overs - between 10 and 25 minutes - depending on the fermentation phase, in order to respect the possible the peel and therefore enhance the complexity of the wine. Fermentation lasted 7/8 days, with the temperature being kept at around 14-15°C in the early stages, and then, as it reached its conclusion, refrigeration was suspended and the last degrees of alcohol took place at temperatures between 24/25°C. After fermentation, the tanks were filled with wine from the same vineyard of origin, followed by a long 30/35-day submerged cap maceration (skins in contact with the wine) and racking off at the end. Malolactic fermentation also took place in steel, around 20/21°C, at the end of which the wine was racked and subsequently, between December and January, placed to refine in French oak barriques.
Refinement: 10% new wood; 20% second passage wood; 35% third-passage wood; 35% fourth passage wood
Bottling period: July 2021
Alcohol content: 12.91% vol
Total acidity: 6.7 gr/l
Color: Bright and clear ruby red
Nose: The nose opens with notes of Mediterranean scrub. A very spicy and fruity wine, scented with carob, bergamot, incense, orange peel, black cherry in alcohol and overripe wild blackberry.
Palate: The ripe and compact fruit and the balsamic notes on the palate melt in a sweet and vigorous way in accompanying a tannin with a very dense texture but open and calibrated to the structure of this wine with deep and baritone notes. The traces of graphite give it features of high gustatory lineage while the wild blackberry and black cherry expertly extracted keep the wine on a register of great stylistic and tasting rigor.
Pairings: A wine that does not fear the riskiest pairings such as black pork marinated with chilli pepper or fish dishes with rich and fibrous meat. better yet, more intense flavors such as game, lamb or even knife-edged sausage
Aging capacity: to drink immediately or to age up to 12-15 years
Produced and bottled in Contrada Buonivini - Noto (SR) - Italy by Azienda Agricole Planeta s.s. - Menfi (Ag) - Italy