It is a wine dedicated to Sicily and, like the Pleiades, which are a pulsating object in the sky, it is a small continent that has a heart that pulsates in the middle of the Mediterranean. A 'Puddara - "le gallinelle" or "la chioccia" for fishermen and farmers, in memory of the poetry of Ovid - was a sign that indicated the direction in work and in life. Let's imagine the fishermen from Riposto who come back from the sea and who, looking up on the volcano, spot the Pleiades hidden behind the summit just where, as if it were a hanging garden, the vineyard of our Carricante rests. It is a rigorous wine outlined like A 'Muntagna that stands out in the night ...
DENOMINATION: Etna Bianco D.O.C.
COLOR: straw yellow with green shades
SCENT: grafite, orange zest, mango, broom, aromatic herbs.
TASTE: vertical minerality, high acidity, lemon peel, tropical fruit. Candied entry with buttery notes and a savory and marine finish, saltiness
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PRODUCTION AREA
PRODUCTION AREA: Biancavilla
VINEYARD SURFACE: 2 ha
AGE OF THE VINEYARD: 1950 Biancavilla
ALTITUDE: 900 mt
SOIL COMPOSITION: Biancavilla, Contrada Manzudda.
YIELD PER HA: 5.500 kg
VINIFICATION: crushing without de-stemming after careful selection of the grapes in the vineyard and on the sorting belt in the cellar, soft pressing with separation of the musts cold static decantation
FERMENTATION: direct fermentation in 3500-liter French oak barrels
AGING: refined on the lees for 6-8 months
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 6.000 bottles of 0,75 cl and 150 magnum of 1,5 lt
Vintage 2009 weather trend
Very humid and rainy spring. Short summer with a heat peak in late July. Humid and chilled autumn with a time of fine weather between late September and mid-October; second half of September with an uncommon rainfall.
Vintage 2010 weather trend
Vine growing cycle, during blossoming and setting, has a normal course, helped by a great water availability accumulated during autumn-winter period. Ripening and maturation have been excellent. Cause of September rain, harvest has been delayed for few days. Good yield, with great grapes acidity. These vintage wines are fresh and with a good aging potential.
Vintage 2011 weather trend
Ripe and healthy grapes even if slightly unbalanced between sugar and a quite high acidity caused by a long time without rainfall from the mid-time of June until the beginning of harvest. Thanks to
the rainfall of late September, a correct phenolic maturation has been reached. Musts with high sugar levels created rather alcoholic wines with a great aging potential.
Vintage 2012 weather trend
Winter was very rigid with a lot of rainfall until March. The top of the volcano was covered with snow until the beginning of summer, with heavy and late snowfall. Spring was dry and mild, hot summer, just one thunderstorm in July irrigated vineyards giving a source of water that gave a nice vitality and allowed to the vines to stay healthy until September. September was unusual, warmer and drier than average, the same for the first twenty days of October, in fact, we had a late but quiet harvest, with good quality grapes. Wines are sapid with very mellow tannins. Positive harvest in 2012.
Vintage 2013 weather trend
Dry Spring followed by long a not so hot summer. A lot of rainfall in August and September, maturation was slow and gradual having good quality grapes with an interesting flavor profile. September was very cold followed by October with the good and dry weather, nice harvest with healthy grapes.
Vintage 2014 weather trend
Nice weather during all the season: the spring rainfalls combined by precipitations at the beginning of the summer created a good water source for vine growing cycle. Summer temperatures in seasonal average, without heat peaks, allowed a perfect vegetation on the vines. An “Etna style” vintage with rainfalls in early September that guaranteed great quality followed by a sunny October that allowed to make a harvest with healthy and ripened grapes with a great phenolic maturation of Nerelli. The harvest of Carricante was between 15th and 26th October, followed by Nerello Mascalese harvest.
Vintage 2015 weather trend
Harsh winter with a lot of rainfalls, the accumulation of water allowed a good vegetative development and a great blossoming. Heavy rains in the middle of August invigorated the vineyard, creating a good water source and vitality for the vineyard. Alternating moments of little rainfalls and warm weeks at the beginning of September guaranteed dry and ripened grapes. A great harvest fable to give wines with a good aging potential and complexity.
Vintage 2016 weather trend
Not harsh winter with few rainfall and snowfall until February. A lot of rainfall and temperature under the average in March. Early sprout in April with temperature above the average during the day and cold during the night. Hot weather helps the grass growing; it is necessary an hard hand work for control them. At the end of April vineyard are good and healthy, shoots are more developed than the average.
Vintage 2017 weather trend
The year was characterized by a mild winter until the end of December with heavy and constant snowfall on the South West side. The entire months of February and March in Biancavilla were characterized by the rigidity of the climate and by the frequent frosts, causing a slowdown until the first half of May where there was a temperature rise with highs around 30 ° C.. The conditions of scorching heat and the drought of the soils combined with the extremely intense temperature changes have caused a great concentration and a lower average production. The prolonged drought, however, has been mitigated by a fresh and slightly rainy September and October which, however, have not affected a very healthy and slightly early harvest of almost a decade. Our A’Puddara 2017 has a complex identity, which we find in advance compared to other vintage and possibly caused by the hot vintage. Certainly it does not have the marked acidity of some past Carricantes, but it compensates with intense fragrances with a marked evolution ranging from lemon thyme, to mandarin, hydrocarbons and fresh cut grass, with an iodine finish with incredible persistence. It is as if this vintage has the herbaceous and fine characteristics of a mountain wine, but which nevertheless carries with it a memory of the Ionian, savory and marine.
Vintage 2018 weather trend
The vintage was characterized by a cold and rainy winter that characterized the South West slope with abundant rainfall. Until March, the rigidity of the climate was constant, causing a slowdown in ripening almost until the beginning of summer, which recorded a wet and cool trend. However, the sudden thermic excursion guaranteed a good maturation and an excellent total acidity. September and October recorded cold and dry climates, giving wines with an overwhelming verticality and great aging potential. Our A’Puddara 2018 stands out for its freshness and acidity, the aromas are reminiscent of cedar rind, medlar and Mediterranean scrub, the medium palate has a buttery and savory note that closes with an iodine finish with an incredible mineral persistence.
Vintage 2019 weather trend
The 2019 vintage will be remembered as one of the best of the current decade, the winter was mild on the South West side, with a harsh and cold climate, but not too rainy. Spring, on the other hand, recorded peaks of cold until late April, with a slow opening of the buds and a general slowdown of the vegetative phase until late June, where temperatures suddenly rose, melting the snow on the top of the volcano and dramatically increasing the temperatures until the end of August, in fact in the summer months there was very few rainfall and a dry and hot climate. September and October were characterized by a slight increase in rainfall and a better climate, with powerful thermic excursions and very cold nights. Overall, the grapes, despite a small and evident reduction in quantity, benefited from the great vintage, guaranteeing excellent quality and excellent concentration. The A’Puddara 2019 is tense on the nose, with hints of orange blossom, mandarin, graphite and yellow broom, with a slight hint of hydrocarbon and herbaceous notes. Taste it is green, vertical and very iodized, with a salty and persistent finish with a marked acidity.