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.
DENOMINATION: Etna Bianco D.O.C.
VARIETALS: Carricante 90%, Catarratto, Minnella 10%
ENOLOGIST/AGRONOMIST: Giandomenico Negro
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
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PRODUCTION AREA
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.
HARVEST TIME : October
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 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 flavour profile. September was very cold followed by October with 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 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 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.
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