Cortese Nostru Cataratto Lucido
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PRODUCER: Girelli is a big believer in organics, but he said that his first foray into organic farming methods caused consternation in the community. Girelli’s team took over the Cortese estate in 2016, initially planning to use its grapes to increase production for Santa Tresa. ‘But the first harvest quickly showed them that the grapes were totally different. The result is two ranges of wine. Top-end La Selezione is made from the estate’s oldest vines and includes the white Vanedda, a field blend of Cataratto and Grillo.
WINEMAKING: From the three different recognized clones of Catarratto: Comune, Lucido, and Extra Lucido, we have chosen the delicate and superior quality Catarrato Lucido. The name comes from the unusual shiny skin of the grapes. Our Catarrato grapes are cultivated on slopes at around 400 metres above sea level. Grapes are hand-picked. The grapes are de-stemmed and very softly pressed with a pneumatic press. The must is decanted at a low temperature for about 48 hours before starting the fermentation, which takes place at 17-19C° for about 20 days. After the fermentation is finished the wine is racked and kept on fine lees for at least 5 months, with frequent battonages.
TASTING NOTE: Nostru Catarrato Lucido is straw-coloured with flecks of green. The characterful bouquet is a little spicy and reminiscent of jasmine, aromatic herbs and nutmeg, with delicate touches of white peach. On the palate, there is a strong mineral back bone, perfectly balanced with lively acidity. The finish is long and complex with delicious almond flavours.