Sparkling Brut Traditional Method
Terre Siciliane IGT Carricante Spumante Metodo Classico
On the mountain.
A selection of grapes from vineyards located on the Eastern and Southern slopes of Mount Etna, particularly from locations recognized for the high elevation and luminosity.
In the vineyard.
Carricante, the noble autochthonous white grape grown on the Etna volcano. The grape is medium in size with very pruinose skin, and a greenish-yellow color. The bunches are of medium length with scattered berries. Located between 700 and 850 m a.s.l (2,300 to 2,800 ft a.s.l.), the vineyards are planted on sandy, volcanic soils that are rich in minerals, with a sub-acid profile. The vines are between 20 and 60 years old, and arranged in traditional bush vines (“alberello”) as well as in rows with Guyot training system. A tight planting density of 6,000-7,000 vines per hectare gives a yield of 7,000-8,000 kg/ha. The terrain is mountainous and hilly, assuring good ventilation and significant temperature swings and a humid, rainy climate in the colder season.
In the cellar.
The grapes are harvested by hand but not de-stemmed. The whole bunches are pressed softly. Fermentation takes place at a temperature of 16-18°C in stainless steel tanks. The wine is left on its lees until the spring following the harvest. In late spring it is bottled with selected yeasts to induce the second fermentation. The disgorgement and dosage occur after 24 months. The wine then rests for at least three months before it is released.
In the glass.
The wine is pale straw yellow with bright green reflections and it has numerous, fine and persistent bubbles. Intense on the nose, delicate, with hints of orange blossom flowers. On the palate it is dry, mineral with a marked acidity and a pleasant aromatic persistence on the aftertaste.
Serving temperature: 6- 8°C.
At the table.
Elegant and refined sparkling wine that may be served throughout a meal, especially with delicate fried fish and seafood recipes.