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Erse Bianco

Erse, the call of the sunrise and the dew at dawn. "The blue of the drops of the dew." The blue of the sky of Etna.

VARIETALS: Carricante 90%, Catarratto, Minnella 10%

COLOR: straw yellow, green shades
SCENT: broom, mountain herbs, lemon peel, almond, white flowers
TASTE: flint, sapid, high acidity, toasted, persistent herbaceous, saline on the final

PRODUCTION AREA: Biancavilla, Milo
VINEYARD SURFACE: 2,0 ha Biancavilla e 2,0 ha Milo
AGE OF THE VINEYARDS: 1950 Biancavilla, 1930 Milo EXPOSITION: South Biancavilla, East Milo
ALTITUDE: 900 mt Biancavilla / 950 mt Milo
SOIL COMPOSITION: Biancavilla, Contrada Manzudda.
YIELD PER HA: 6.000 kg
VINIFICATION AND AGING: static decantation for 24-36 hours, racking and fermentation start
FERMENTATION: alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks under temperature control
AGING: aging in bottle for 6-8 months

Vintage 2012

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

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 flavour profile. September was very cold followed by October with good and dry weather, nice harvest with healthy grapes.

Vintage 2014

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

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

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 sfrout 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

Vintage 2017 weather trend

2017 vintage will be remembered for a dry and extremely scorching summer all around the peninsula. But, once again Etna “ A’Muntagna” goes off the grid : even in these extreme conditions the volcano protected the vineyards making the weather mild. Summer hand not the excessive conditions that has been registered all around the island. Our centenary vineyards indeed didn’t suffered the weather conditions. An healthy harvest made during the first week of October the white grapes had a good sugar concentration and good tartaric acidity -few malic acid – and a great aromatic structure: Erse Bianco has great flavors and acidity, citric and savory, with herbaceous and fresh notes, citrus and persistent.

Vintage 2018

Vintage 2018 weather trend

The Milo district was characterized by a very mild winter, with temperatures that almost never dropped below zero and with very little rain until April. In May, on the other hand, an Atlantic perturbation led to abundant precipitations that went until late June, despite the temperatures above 30 ° C. At the beginning of July, temperatures rose, causing a slight advance from a phenological point of view. The beginning of August brought with it various perturbations and some light hail with limited damage (5%). The incredible and unusual abundance of August rainfall has recorded more than 350 mm of rain, while the months of September and October have been characterized by rigid and almost extreme climatic trends, suddenly raising the acidity and giving us low pH that have guaranteed us a Erse incredibly vertical and fragrant, with delicate and herbaceous scents, great balance and persistence.

Vintage 2019

Vintage 2019 weather trend

2019 vintage has been characterized by a mild and dry winter, until April we had rigid and constant trends on the whole slope, with balanced rainfall. In the spring, however, we had a window of good weather that lasted until the beginning of the month of August, where temperatures rose somewhat suddenly. September and October were characterized by a cool and slightly humid climate, leading to a healthy manual harvest done during the first ten days of October. The Erse Bianco 2019 on the nose is rich in citrus fruits and wild herbs such as thyme and sage, has saline and mineral notes reminiscent of graphite and flint which close on an acid, fresh and very long-lasting palate.