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Dazzling Etna Biancos
11 September 2020

White wines from Etna’s lofty slopes are a rare breed, most of the vineyard space being devoted to the first rate red variety, Nerello Mascalese. Although there are just a couple of producers with meaningful plantations of the white Carricante and Cataratto grapes, Terre Nere being the most prominent, the wines are capable of rivalling the reds for quality and interest. In 2019 Terre Nere have produced their most dazzling white vintage yet, a stunning array of truly unique, intense wines that are bursting with personality.

2019 will be remembered as a classic vintage yielding both very fine red wine and white wine. However, whilst other red vintages over the last twenty years are comparable, no other year gets close to 2019 for the whites. A warm but not hot summer, followed by cool and slow ripening in September lead to perfectly ripe grapes with good acidity levels. Furthermore the very low production, due to extensive coulure, provided concentration and length of flavour to these intense wines. In the word’s of proprietor and winemaker Marco de Grazia “Our Etna Bianco is hands down the finest ever crafted, whilst the Bianco Superiore is majestically austere, just marvellous.”

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