Palmento Costanzo. Etna Bianco 'Mofete'
Grapes Carricante (70%), Catarratto (25%), Minnella and Trebbiano (5%)
Lemon, camomile, spearmint and old rose, the aromas open up beautifully over a few hours from a lemon focus into an intriguing floral and herb infused offering. Wild honey, greengage, peach stone and hay, a taut, mineral wine, bone dry with a twist of bitter lemon on the finish. Pure and intense, a very fine wine.
The vineyard is north facing at an altitude of between 700-750m. Soils are seventy percent black and brown volcanic sands, rich in organic matter. The vines are traditionally trained using a goblet system where the vine is supported with a chestnut pole. The vines are between thirty and one hundred years old and yield around a kilogram of fruit per plant.
The harvest must be manual and grapes are selected in the vineyard and on a sorting table before pressing. Fermentation is in temperature controlled steel tanks at eighteen degrees. There is no period of maceration and the wine undergoes a partial malolactic conversion (fermentation) in steel tanks and is aged in steel tanks for seven months before bottling. 13%