From a small one-acre vineyard in the Contrada (district) Rampante comes our interpretation of Chardonnay. The idea of making one of the most celebrated international grape varieties on the slopes of Etna was challenging but fascinating. We produced about 5,000 bottles, aged in French Chassin oak from small family barrel makers.
The landscape of the Contrada Rampante vineyards is characterized by volcanic formations with different compositions but from the same time period (between 4,000 and 15,000 years ago).
1. Flavor intensity
Appellation: White – Sicilia DOC
Vineyards: northern slope of the Etna volcano – Contrada Rampante, Castiglione
di Sicilia – Catania – Sicily
Soil: terraced on volcanic soils
Year planted: 2000
Elevation: 740 m.a.s.l.
Vineyard exposure: north
Training system: espalier
Pruning system: spur-pruned cordon
Vines per ha: 4,250
Yield per ha: 56 ql
Harvest: August 27th, 2020
Climate trends: Cool spring with little rainfall. Summer not
too hot with good rainfall. Good water availability and not overly high temperatures favored excellent ripening of the
Fermentation: in 300 liter French oak barrels
Fermentation temperature: 16-18°
Duration of fermentation: 12 days
Malolactic fermentation: not carried out
Aging: in French oak barrels
Alcohol content: 13.5% Vol.
Wine analytical data: pH 3.35 – TA 5.9 g/l – RS 0.35 g/ll – TE 21 g/l
- Vintage 2020Guide James SucklingAward 93/100
- Vintage 2020Guide Mondial des Vins ExtrêmesAward Medaglia d’Oro