Terre Nere, Etna Bianco Calderara Sottana 750ml 2016

Italy, Sicily
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R395
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Critic Score

90
WS

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The estate is located on the northern slopes of the Mt. Etna volcano, with vineyards between the village of Solicchiata and the town of Randazzo. The area is historically recognised as the finest in the appellation for fine red wines. The property consists of over 30 hectares, divided into 10 parcels in four crus, with a total vineyard surface of 25 hectares. Except for 6 hectares that were planted more recently, the rest of the estate’s vines are between 50 and 100 years old.

Four of the Terre Nere estate's parcels lie in Calderara Sottana at an elevation of 600-700 metres. By far the rockiest cru in the appellation, in the roughest parts you can't see the soil for the black volcanic pumice carpeting the vineyards.

Winemaker's comments:
As opposed to my other Etna Bianco, which is a field blend of five varieties, this 'Vigne Niche' is 100% Carricante. I made this wine for the first time in 2007, after having had the fortune of tasting a 42 year old Carricante from the East side of the Etna. So beautiful it was, so vigorous and impeccable in its venerable age, that I was moved to produce something like it myself.

The two new white Crus, Calderara Sottana and Santo Spirito, feature Carricante grapes from old and young vines, for Carricante is a rare commodity in a D.O.C. overwhelmingly devoted to reds, rarer still on Etna's Northern slopes. In fact, Carricante vineyards answer for only 4% of the appellation. Both wines are barrel fermented and aged in large oak barrels. These are late blooming wine of unusual complexity and great longevity, which will reward you for your patience with a rare, noble beauty.' – Winemaker

Tasting notes:
'A broad, medium-bodied white that expands on the palate with flavors of pear and peach skin, hazelnut and lemon parfait, while well-cut acidity and a spicy mineral note focus this through to the lasting finish.' – Wine Spectator, 90/100

More Information
Bottle Size 750ml
Style White
Country Italy
Rating WS 90
Price R395.00
Producer Terre Nere
Region Sicily
Variety Carricante
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