ETNA BIANCO 'CHIANTA' (Pianta)
Grape Varieties: Carricante 90%, Minella/Malvasia/Catarrati/Moscatello 10%
Production Zone: South East Mt. Etna, Trecastagni.
Vineyard Details: 2,5 hectares in Contrada Ronzini. Name of the vineyard “Chianta”. Owned by the Biondi family since at least 1800. The name “Chianta” means to plant in Sicilian dialect. The vineyard lies on the side of a steep terraced crater, dating back thousands years. The supporting dry stone walls were built by Cirino Biondi, Ciro's grandfather.
Average age of vines in production: 45 years
Exposure: East exposure. Mountain Side, with notable contrast in night and day temperatures
Altitude: 2,300 feet (700 mt) above sea level
Training method: Alberello (bush training)
Vine density: 8,000 vines/hectare (very high)
Average yield: 1.75 tons/acre (4/5000 kg/H)
Soil: Sandy, volcanic, rich in minerals with low pH
Agriculture: Organic fertilizers used, with three treatments of sulfur and copper from May to August.
Wine-making: Pruning with the waning moon, manual harvest. Grapes are typically harvested in October, selected and placed in small cases to be transported whole to the winery where they were destemmed and left at a temperature of below 9°C in stainless steel vats for 24 hours. After pressing and clarification, the fermentation takes place at a temperature of 18*C in used barrels of 225 liters for at least 2 weeks, Batonnage weekly for 8 months, bottled the following June.
Number of bottles produced: 2.200 of 0,75l
Aging potential: best after 2 - 4years