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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.
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.
2017 was a challenging vintage. A long period of drought, lasting over 150 days,combined with record high temperatures put the vines under considerable water stress and resulted in reduced yields. However, there was a lack of disease pressure. Careful canopy management in the vineyards, along with the support of the winemakers in the cellars have turned this vintage around and excellent wines have been produced, with rich, concentrated flavours.
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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