Palmento Costanzo. Etna Bianco di Sei
Etna Bianco DOC
Grapes Carricante (70%) Catarratto (30%)
There is a real evolution in the Carricante, the ripeness of the vintage has uncovered vanilla through the deep lemon, lime and white peach fruit. Ripe herb, sweet pea and a firm, flinty iron core make for a complex and intense experience, a profound wine.
This vineyard is north facing at an altitude of between 700-750m. Soils are seventy percent black with brown volcanic sands, rich in organic matter. The vines are traditionally trained using a goblet (bush) system where each vine is supported with a chestnut pole when needed. They are between thirty and one hundred years old and only yield around seven hundred grams of fruit per plant.
The harvest must be manual due to the steep terrain and the grapes are selected both in the vineyard and then on a sorting table before pressing. Fermentation is in temperature controlled steel tanks at eighteen degrees. There is no period of maceration and the fermented wine is partially taken through a malolactic transformation (fermentation). The wine is then aged in steel tanks for six months and then kept for at least six months in bottle before its release.
There are some extremely famous wines from this part of Mt. Etna, most of which are red. The vineyards however are dominated by the white grape, Carricante whose style and quality here is unparalleled.