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Tenute Nicosia - Contrade dell’Etna

The Nicosia “cru” wines of Etna come from the Monte Gorna and Monte San Nicolò estates, both located in the Trecastagni area, very close to the wine cellar. Two red wines and two white wines that authentically represent the great variety of expressions that the terroir and native vines of Etna can offer. These DOC wines are the demonstration that on the volcano each slope, each area, each vineyard can produce wines with different characteristics, giving unique and unrepeatable sensations.

Contrade dell’Etna

Etna Bianco Monte San Nicolò

DOC Etna

Made from the indigenous Carricante and a small percentage of Minnella grapes, grown on the South-eastern slopes of Etna volcano (at about 550-600 m a.s.l.) in Monte San Nicolò area, this expressive white wine has a floral and citrusy bouquet, notes of pear, gooseberry and ginger. On the palate it reveals a full and harmonious taste with a good freshness, minerality and persistence.

Grape varieties: Carricante 95% - Minnella 5%

Vineyards: the soil is volcanic, very rich in minerals; the composition of the eruptive materials gave life to composite soils, often made up by red pumice stone; training system: espalier spurred cordon

Raccolta: by hand into crates, in the second week of October

Maceration: the carefully selected grapes are cold macerated for 24 hours; after destemming, they are pressed softly

Fermentation: the juice is left to ferment at a controlled temperature of 13-15°C for approximately 20-25 days

Ageing: in stainless steel vats on fine lees with frequent batonnage; the ageing is completed by a stay of 3-4 months in the bottle

Alcohol content: 13% vol.

Colour: straw-yellow colour with brilliant golden highlight

Nose: intense and expressive with a floral and citrusy bouquet, featuring notes of pear, gooseberry and ginger

Palate: fresh, harmonious and full taste with a good minerality and persistence

Food Pairings: seafood dishes, shellfish, fried fish, flavourful soft cheeses, white meats and duck á l'orange

Serving temperature: 10-12°C

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