Al-Cantara Occhi di Ciumi Etna Sicily 2018


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£110.60 Price Per Case ( 6 Bottles )

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Country - Italy

Region - Sicily

Grape Varieties - Carricante 88%, Grecanico 12%

Alcohol by volume - 12.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Al-Cantara

Tasting notes - White floral notes combine with tropical fruit tones and mineral, chalky nuances. Dry and refreshing on the palate with tropical fruit leading to a long, persistent finish. 

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White floral notes combine with tropical fruit tones and mineral, chalky nuances. Dry and refreshing on the palate with tropical fruit leading to a long, persistent finish.

Producer Note

Al-Cantàra takes its name from the river which, on the slopes of Mountain Etna, flows through the municipality of Randazzo where the winery and the vineyards are located. The 15 hectare vineyard is located at 620 metres above sea level. Although not registered as organic or biodynamic, all the operations related to the vineyard are carried out with total respect for the environment. Al Cantàra also means ‘bridge’ in Arabic which emphasises the link with the Sicilian terroir and symbolises the union between wine, art and poetry. Owner Pucci Giuffrida is a devotee of fine poetry and for this reason all of the names of the wines are inspired by the poems by Sicilian authors.

Vineyard

The grapes are grown in a valley between the volcano and the Nebrodi Mountains, at approximately 620 metres above sea level. At this elevation, warm days and cool nights encourage a long ripening period concentrating the flavours in the grapes while retaining balancing acidity. Planted at a density of 6,000 vines per hectare, the vines are grown in ash coloured volcanic soils, which are rich in minerals and fossils. The soil is permeable to air and water and is rich in pumice stone and microelements, which allow the plants to produce a complex aromatic profile. The espalier-trained vines are spur pruned. The 10 to 50 year old vines are cultivated following organic and biodynamic principles and the vineyard is in conversion to organic status. The organic treatments of sulphur and copper treatments are only used when powdery or downy mildew seriously affect the vineyard. The vine moth is combatted by the use of natural pheromones, which generates confusion in the moth and prevents it from attacking the fruit.

Winemaking

The wine was made reductively, without any contact with oxygen thus reducing the use of sulphur. The grapes were gently crushed without being destemmed and the must was clarified by sedimentation for 36 to 48 hours. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at 12 to 18°C lasting for 15 days. The wine was racked twice to remove the gross lees, before being transferred to stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged on its fine lees which imparted further texture and complexity for six months. The wine was made without the influence of oak, in order to express the purity of the Carricante variety and the volcanic terroir.

Tasting Note

White floral notes combine with tropical fruit tones and mineral, chalky nuances. Dry and refreshing on the palate with tropical fruit leading to a long, persistent finish.

Serving Suggestion

Ideal with pan-fried white fish or shellfish.

Grape

Carricante 88%, Grecanico 12%

5295018A
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Data sheet

Vintage
2018
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Size
6 Bottles
Region
Sicily

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Al-Cantara Occhi di Ciumi Etna Sicily 2018

Country - Italy

Region - Sicily

Grape Varieties - Carricante 88%, Grecanico 12%

Alcohol by volume - 12.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Al-Cantara

Tasting notes - White floral notes combine with tropical fruit tones and mineral, chalky nuances. Dry and refreshing on the palate with tropical fruit leading to a long, persistent finish. 

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