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Tenute Nicosia Contrada Monte San Nicolo Etna Bianco DOC

Tenute Nicosia Contrada Monte San Nicolo Etna Bianco DOC

White | 2022 | Italy, Sicily | 13.0%

Crisp and mineral with great depth and texture.
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Pronounced and complex nose with savoury, nutty aromas and hints of fennel, ginger and white spice. The palate is fine, concentrated and textural, with lightly honeyed stone fruit balanced by minerality and sappy acidity. Long and savoury on the finish.

Product Details

Type White
Origin Italy, Sicily
Vintage 2022
Size 0.75 l
ABV 13.0%
Grapes Minnella • Carricante
Viticulture Organic • Sustainable
Vinification Vegan • Vegetarian
Sulphite Content Contains Sulphites
Closure Natural Cork

Production Notes

The Carricante and Minnella vines are organically cultivated in poor volcanic soil in Monte San Nicolò, on south-east facing slopes at an altitude of around 600m. The fruit is hand harvested in mid-October. Then the carefully selected grapes are cold macerated for 24 hours and, after destemming, are pressed softly. The juice is left to ferment at a controlled temperature of 13-15°C for approximately 20-25 days. The wine is kept in stainless steel, on fine lees and with regular batonnage, and spends a further 3-4 months in bottle before release.

Producer Information

Cantine Nicosia is based in the Etna region, on the east coast of Sicily - home to some of the country's more premium and interesting wines. Here Carmelo Nicosia, along with sons Franceso and Graziano (5th generation), have developed their family business into one of Etna's most important wine producers. Their Trecastagni winery is where tradition meets ultra-modern technology.

Trecastagni, at the foot of one of the extinguished craters dotting Mount Etna and at an altitude of around 700m, is home to the ancient vineyards of Monte Gorna, with their distinctive lava terraces. The vineyards have been completely restructured and replanted, focusing on the native varieties used for Etna DOC wines: Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio for the red, and Catarratto and Carricante for the white. The extraordinary wealth of minerals found in Etna's volcanic soils can be credited with the very rich flavor and unique character of the wines produced here, which include not only the classic Etna Rosso and Etna Bianco, but also those made from international varieties such as Pinot Noir.

Just a few miles from the southernmost tip of the Italian peninsula is the lively agricultural center of Vittoria. In the heart of this area historically devoted to making high-quality wines, the Contrada Bonincontro district is home to the large and impeccably groomed Nicosia vineyards planted exclusively with Nero d’Avola and Frappato, the two native varieties used to produce Cerasuolo. The grapes produced here display particularly concentrated aromas that are beautifully expressed in monovarietal wines, but are also wonderful blended with the Sicily’s quintessential grape, Nero d’Avola.

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