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Producer: Colomba BiancaGrape Varieties: 100% CararrattoOptimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Fresh dry characterful whiteAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: CorkCountry: Italy
Aromatic and spicy on the nose with a fresh, balanced palate through to an attractively dry and salty finish.
2015 may be considered as one of the best vintages in Sicily, in the past decade.
Catarrato is a native Sicilian variety that is cultivated on the hills overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Here in these sun-drenched vineyards, the highest standards are attained through the use of innovative technology and the careful process of mapping the terroir according to the weather patterns, harvesting time, soils and vine age. The grapes undergo a sensory analysis and are hand harvested at the optimum maturity levels, according to the terroir and microclimate of the vineyard. They are then harvested into 20kg containers, to prevent the grapes from being prematurely crushed. The vineyards are made up of distinct soil and climate conditions and range from sea-level up to 700 metres above sea level, imparting subtle complexity into the wine.
The grapes were handpicked at their optimum maturity and then vinified in small stainless steel tanks to retain the freshness and purity of fruit of the Catarratto variety. A soft pressing of the must took place at 12°C for 24 hours, followed by fermentation at 16°C with selected yeasts. The wine rested in tank for five months, preserving all the aromatics, prior to its release.
A refreshing aperitif wine that also accompanies light dishes.
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