Almerita Contessa Franca

Estate Regaleali

Almerita Contessa Franca

Vintage 2011

Almerita speaks to our philosophy of production that has evolved over the years, with an eye to the variety’s characteristics and its terroir. From 1987 to today, it has been represented by the typical Liberty-style stained glass done in the early 20th century by the artist Bevilacqua for the the family villa at Mondello. Experimentation continued in the way craftsmen do, without hurrying, seeking complexity, quality and longevity. A long, slow maturation on the lees, trying not to lose the typical aromas of the Regaleali Estate Chardonnay. Contessa Franca is dedicated to a wife, mothers and grandmothers that have had a fundamental role in the history of Regaleali.

  • Grapes: Chardonnay
  • Appellation: Contea di Sclafani DOC
  • Production area: Regaleali Estate – Palermo – Sicily
  • Vineyards: Cava Rina ha 16
  • Soil: sandy
  • Age of vineyard: 1995
  • Elevation of vineyards: 500 m a.s.l.
  • Vineyard exposure: south/west
  • Training system: espalier
  • Pruning system: spurred cord
  • Vines per ha: 4,200
  • Dry grapes yield per ha: 35 ql
  • Harvest period: August 20th
  • Seasonal weather pattern: the low rainfall of the year was evenly distributed up through the month of May, allowing for good development of the vine. Temperatures were almost always below the seasonal average, so it was a cool year. Climate conditions were good during ripening.
  • Fermentation temperature: 16/18°C
  • Malolactic fermentation: fully run
  • Ageing: 60 months on lees
  • Degorgement: May 2017
  • Dosage: Extra Brut
  • Alcohol content: 13% Vol.
  • Wine analytical data: pH 3,47 – TA 6,4 g/l – RS 1,6 g/l – ET 20,5 g/l
Almerita Contessa Franca