Al-Cantara Occhi di Ciumi Etna Sicily 2019

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Al-Cantara Occhi di Ciumi Etna Sicily 2019

Country - Italy

Region - Sicily

Grape Varieties - Carricante 88%, Grecanico 12%

Alcohol by volume - 12.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Al-Cantara

Tasting notes - A beautifully fresh wine with tropical notes and a core of minerality shining through the spicy flavour, long and saline on the finish. 

Al-Cantara Occhi di Ciumi Etna Sicily 2019

A beautifully fresh wine with a core of minerality shining
through the spicy flavour, long and saline on the finish.


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.


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. 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. The grapes
were hand-harvested during the cooler early hours of the day.


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 between five
and nine months. The wine was made without the influence of oak, in order to
express the purity of the native Carricante variety and the volcanic terroir. Bottle
aged for a further year.


Tasting Note
A beautifully fresh wine with tropical notes and a core of minerality shining through
the spicy flavour, long and saline on the finish.


Grape
Carricante 88%, Grecanico 12%

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