Alessandro Viola Note di Bianco 2020

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Alcamo, Sicily, Italy
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, minimal additional sulphites
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The grapes come from the contrada Pietra Rinosa down the valley (250m) on clayey soils. Alessandro points out that grillo is a strong variety which adapts easily to drought and consistently delivers quality and quantity. Vines are 15yo, grapes were harvested early September at 40hh and directly pressed. It was fermented and aged in stainless steel before early bottling in December with 20mg/l SO2 added. This is the azienda’s flagship, fruit forward with lovely pear skin bitters, it is joyful, fresh, lifted by a citrusy and salty finish.

Alessandro tends 5ha on Mount Bonifato, right up the mountain pass to approx 600-700m altitude, laid over a geological fault with sand on one side and limestone on the other. This complexity of soils as well as abundant underground water and the cool sea breeze make for an extremely qualitative terroir drenched in Sicilian sun.