Colomba Bianca Lavi Carricante, Sicily 2021


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A dry, crisp white with notes of melon, juicy peach and aromatic herbs through to a fruity palate with an exceptionally long finish characterised by touch of white pepper and sage.

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The wine is made from the native variety Carricante, an historical Sicilian variety which is typical of the Etna area and is renowned for producing dry, aromatic and distinctive wines. The vines are planted between the hills of Vita and Salemi at an altitude of 330 metres above sea level. The Guyot trained vines are planted at a density of 3,300 vines per hectare, in medium textured chalky soils, which are soft, cool and porous. The vineyard is cultivated sustainably uses integrated farming practices, where the use of chemicals and herbicides is reduced and the vines are cultivated with respect for the environment and the biodiversity of the vineyard. The grapes are hand-harvested when they have reached optimal maturity.

The grapes were picked into small crates to protect the quality of the fruit, immediately destemmed and gently pressed. The must was decanted at 8°C and the clear juice was fermented with selected yeasts at 15°C in stainless steel tanks to preserve the purity of the fruit. The wine remained on its lees until the following January, with regular bâtonnage to impart texture and layers of complexity to the wine.

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Vintage 2021
Alcoholic strength 12.5%
Country Italy
Region Sicily
Subregion Terre Siciliane
Grapes Carricante 100%
Dry/Sweet value 1
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic Yes
Biodynamic No
Closure Nomacorc
Colomba Bianca

Established in 1970, Colomba Bianca is the largest Sicilian grower cooperative and the biggest Italian producer of organic wine, with more than 1,800 hectares dedicated to organically farmed vines. Colomba Bianca also has a further 7,500 hectares of vineyard, growing indigenous and international varieties. Despite their size, they engage a philosophy of micro-viticulture and micro-winemaking to ensure the ultimate precision, quality and expression of terroir.

The stunning range of single variety and innovative blends are tailor made under the watchful eye of head winemaker Mattia Filippi. Dynamic and passionate, the Cantine is constantly evolving with investments in the vineyards and in the technology of their five specialist wineries. With their sights firmly fixed on the future of Sicilian wine, Colomba Bianca is rapidly becoming one of the leading names in organic winemaking in Italy.

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