Tenuta Terre Nere Vigne Niche Calderara Sottana Etna Bianco (750ml)
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Tenuta delle Terre Nere is an estate located on the northern slopes of Etna, within the hilly belt that extends between Solicchiata and Randazzo, historically the area recognized as the finest in the appellation for fine red wines. Marco De Grazia owns this iconic Etna estate and released its first commercial vintage in 2002 making them a pioneer in the region. The estate consists of approximately 45 hectares divided into 29 plots and in nine “contradas” (sub-zones/crus). The soils differ very much from cru to cru, and even within the crus themselves. The same is true of the altitudes and age of the vines; the vineyards are mainly between 600 and 1000 metres above sea level and the vines between 50 and 100 years old.
He is fortunate to own a small plot, less than one hectare of vines, that is over 140 years old! These ancient vines survived phylloxera, and are therefore ungrafted.
Straw yellow with a golden hue. The nose has pleasing floral and spicy notes. The palate has wonderful density and substance, with green apple, orange blossom, peach and light notes of vanilla. This is a wine for all the foodies and would pair with a range of foods, from artichokes to complex pasta and white meat dishes, fish
This is 100% Carricante from the contrada Calderara Sottana in the township of Randazzo, Catania on the northern slopes of Mount Etna at altitudes of 600-700 m asl. The soil here is black pumice with solid volcanic rock with little or no ashes. The vines are about 10-20 years old and trained en gobelet. The grapes are harvested during the third week of September, undergo a soft pressing and low temperature fermentation in French oak barrels of 5 and 10 hl. The wine goes through malolactic fermentation and is aged in French oak barriques for 9 months. Only 7000 bottles produced.