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Tenuta di Passopisciaro Passobianco IGT 2016

Instead of the indigenous Carricante, which grows on the eastern side of the volcano, Passobianco is made of 100% Chardonnay. When Franchetti arrived on Mt. Etna, he planted 4 hectares of the grape on steep terraces between 850 and 1,000 meters in the contrada of Guardiola, in very loose, deep, powder-like lava that is high in minerals.

Its complexities bring together the specific light, drastic changes in temperature, altitude, and volcanic influences of Etna, and the choice of Chardonnay was meant to allow these influences to meld and evolve over time as the white ages, inspired by the aging potential of the great whites of Burgundy. The harvest is quite fussy, as we pick little portions of the vineyard every day, tasting the berries trailing along the terraces day after day, harvesting only when each individual cluster is ripe. The resulting wine is rich yet fresh, bright yet layered.

 

Wine File
Producer:
Passopisciaro
Country:
Italy
Region:
Sicily
Sub Region:
Etna
Style:
White Wine
Primary Grape(s):
Chardonnay
Bottle Size:
75cl
Alcohol:
13.5%
Closure:
Natural Cork
Vegetarian:
Yes
Contains Sulphites:
Yes
Units Per Bottle:
10.13
£30.95
Purchase Format
A16PASSOBIANCO-1

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