I Custodi Terre Siciliane Bianco ‘Vinujancu’
Why be curious?
This wine is one of the highest white wine vineyards in all of Etna at 1000 meters. Etna guru Salvo Foti wanted to dedicate this vineyard to his love of the white varieties like Chenin and Riesling. He originally bottled this under his own small winery I Vigneri with the name of ‘Vinujancu,’ but the vineyard is now with the producer I Custodi (same name and Salvo is still the consultant for this wine).
Vigna / Vineyard
Denominazione / Appellation: Terre Siciliane IGT
Nome / Name: Vigna Nave in contrada ‘Nave’ on the Northwest side of Etna.
Ettari / Hectares: 2.5 Hectares.
Quota / Altitude: 1000 m / 3280 ft.
Suoli / Type of soils: Sandy, volcanic, with relatively low pH soil levels (6.0 – 6.8).
Esposizione / Exposure: North West.
Vitigni / Varieties: Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chenin Blanc, Grecanico, Minnella.
Età delle viti / Vine age: from 6 to 16 years old.
Densità / Planting Density: 9000 vines/hectare.
Allevamento / Trellis system: Alberello Egeo (Aegean bush tree).
Data di vendemmia / Harvest date: End of September.
Metodo di vendemmia / Harvest technique: Hand harvested.
Metodo agricolo / Agricultural technique: Organic, non-certified.
Resa / Yield: 5000 kilograms / hectare.
Cantina / Cellar
Lieviti / Yeasts: Native yeasts.
Fermentazione alcolica / Alcoholic fermentation: 10 days, 20°C, in stainless steel tanks.
Fermentazione malolattica / Malolactic fermentation: No.
Affinamento / Élevage: 12 months in used 500 liters tonneau.
Chiarificazione, filtrazione / Clarification, filtration: The wine is naturally stabilized with winter low temperatures; it’s then slightly filtered before bottling, with 30 micron paper filters.
Zolfo / Sulphur: 62 mg/L total, 5 mg/L free.
Altri prodotti aggiunti? / Other products added?: None.
Produzione annua / Annual production: 250 cases.
Gradazione alcolica / Alcoholic %: from 12.5% to 13.5%.
Tappo e bottiglia / Closure and bottle: Natural cork, 750 ml Burgundy bottle.