Benanti 2018 Contrada Cavaliere, Etna Bianco DOC
Item Number: 15574
Sub Region: Catania
Appellation/AVA: Etna Bianco DOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Cavaliere
Grape(s): 100% Carricante
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Sandy volcanic, rich in fossils and minerals with a sub-acid profile
Elevation: 3,100 feet asl
Vineyard Notes: Contrada Cavaliere is on the southwest side of Mount Etna, within the municipality of Santa Maria Licodia. This contrada is known for its high elevation (2,950-3,100 feet), low rainfall rate, and abundant luminosity. Generally, the southern slopes are geologically younger, thanks to the formation of soils on relatively recent lava flows. However, this contrada occupies outcroppings with soils that are far older, the evolution of which has generated rather fine but complex soils. The vineyard floor has considerable physicochemical and biological fertility that benefits from a warmer and drier climate that is not tempered by sea breezes. The diurnal shift in temperature is dramatic at Contrada Cavaliere and helps in producing wines with with well-marked aromas and varietal structure. View Map
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are manually harvested after the second week of October. In the cellar, they are destemmed and softly pressed. Fermentation takes place over about 12 days in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature, using a specific autochthonous yeast selected in the vineyard by Benanti after years research and experimentation. The wine is left to mature in the tank on its fine lees with periodic stirrings for 12 months. The wine then spends 6 months in the bottle before it is released. It is filtered without animal products.
Tasting Notes: The aromas are intense, ample and delicate, with hints of orange blossom and ripe apple. Contrada Cavaliere Bianco is dry on the palate and mineral. It shows pleasant acidity and an aromatic persistence of anise and almond on the finish. The wine pairs well with all fish-based dishes, even elaborate ones.