Al-Cantara Luci Luci Etna Sicily 2018

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Al-Cantara Luci Luci Etna Sicily 2018

Country - Italy

Region - Sicily

Grape Varieties - Carricante 100%

Alcohol by volume - 12.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Al-Cantara

Tasting notes - Aromatic floral notes, golden apples and tropical fruit combine with distinctive mineral notes, characteristic of the Carricante variety. Refreshing and crisp with ample and balanced flavours. 

Awards
91 pts, Wine Enthusiast, 2020

Al-Cantara Luci Luci Etna Sicily 2018

A vibrant and concentrated wine with a lovely purity
and minerality typical of the native Carricante grape
together with umami spicy and flinty notes.


Producer Note
From the slopes of Mount Etna, one of the most distinctive and coveted wine regions
in Europe, Al-Cantàra’s wines reflect the soul of the people and the land. Al-Cantàra
takes its name from the river which 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. 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.


Vintage
A cold start to the year was followed by an intensely warm spring, which
accelerated budding. Cooler weather followed during May, June and July, which
along with some downpours contributed to a reduced yield of 20%. Mild weather
from August through to October allowed for a gradual and late ripening which
produced white and rosé wines with great aromatic complexity and reds with good
phenolic ripeness, body and balancing freshness.


Vineyard
The vineyard is situated at an elevation of approximately 620 metres above sea level,
where warm days and cool nights encourage a long ripening period concentrating
the flavours in the grapes while retaining balancing acidity. The vines are grown in
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 year old vineyard is cultivated following the principles of organic and biodynamic
cultivation and 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. The
natural microbe bacillus turingensis is used to combat insects; synthetic pesticides
are avoided.


Winemaking
The wine was made reductively, with minimal contact with oxygen thus reducing the
use of sulphur. The grapes were gently crushed and vinified in inert conditions for 12
to 14 days at 14 to 18°C in stainless steel tanks. The wine received seven months'
ageing in stainless steel tanks, without oak influence, in order to preserve the
characteristics of the Carricante variety, followed by a minimum of two months bottle
ageing.


Tasting Note
Aromatic notes of flowers, golden apple and tropical fruit are accompanied by
distinctive mineral overtones, typical of the native Carricante grape. Refreshing and
crisp, with a lovely, spicy finish.


Grape
Carricante 100%

Awards
91 pts, Wine Enthusiast, 2020

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