Etna Bianco Superiore 'Contrada Rinazzo', Benanti

Type: White Wine
Style: Rich & Complex
Vintage: 2019
Grape Variety: Carricante
ABV: 12.0%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Pairing Notes
Pasta / Noodles
Wine Notes
Now - 5 Yrs
Flavours Blossom, Lemon, Mineral
About the wine

From high altitude, terraced vineyards on the volcanic slopes of active volcano Mount Etna, comes this beautiful wine from super star Sicilian grape Carricante. Dry and mineral, packed with flavours of apple, lime, and orange blossom, this wine has great balance, finesse, and freshness. It's what you might call a wine-drinkers wine, not full of overt fruit character, its appeal is in its concentration, tension and balance, all enveloped by the wonderful minerality for which Mount Etna has become known. The Contrada Rinazzo expression of Etna Bianco Superiore has only been made for two years, but already we think its one of the best whites ever to be produced on Etna.

Milo is a tiny municipality on Mount Etna which is renowned for high quality Carricante wines, the only area on Etna permitted for wines labelled Etna Bianco Superiore. Contrada Rinazzo is a single vineyard within Milo from which the grapes for this wine are harvested from. Planted on steep terraces, the vines thrive in these mineral rich, sandy, volcanic soils. Benanti Etna Bianco Superiore Contrada Rinazzo is made from 100% Carricante grapes which are hand-picked, de-stemmed and lightly pressed at the winery. Using indigenous Etnean yeasts, the wine is fermented in stainless steel. This is a pure expression which sees no time in oak, just a pre-longed refinement of 12 months in stainless steel on the fine lees, which gives the wine a roundness and extra complexity, followed by a further 6 months in bottle.

About the wine

The essence of Etna in a glass from this wonderful indigenous variety. Enjoy alongside grilled Mediterranean vegetables, oily fish like sardines or mackerel, light shellfish or seafood pasta and risotto dishes with simple but elegant flavours - think lemon, chilli, capers! This stunning Italian Etna Bianco wine will keep you sipping and sipping...