Palmento Costanzo Etna Mofete Bianco dry Sicilian white wine made from Carricante and Catarratto

Palmento Costanzo. Etna Bianco 'Mofete'

  • 1920

Etna DOC
Grapes Carricante (70%), Catarratto (25%), Minnella and Trebbiano (5%)

There is something very sleek about this wine, a perfect balance of piercing, fresh, mineral fruit with apricot and peach flavours, some greengage and old rose. A subtle change from the 2016 when we noticed this wine shift up a gear.  12%

Link to Palmento Costanzo producer page.

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 the grapes are selected in the vineyard and then on a sorting table, before being taken into the cellar for 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 before it is aged, also in steel tanks, for seven months then bottled.

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