Ante is the son of the Volcano, from which it receives its minerality and its backbone of crisp acidity supporting intriguing citrus notes and complex hints of spices: all the shades of Mt. Etna’s native white varietals.
Varietals: Carricante (70%), Minnella, Grecanico
Vines: Bush trained. 8,500 plants per hectare (3,450 plants per acre)
Age of vineyard: Up to 40 years
Altitude: 850 and 1.200 m slm
Terrain: Sandy, volcanic, very rich in minerals, with subacid reaction.
Vinification: The grapes are harvested manually and selected, brought to the winery in shallow crates, where the whole clusters are soft-crushed. Fermentation in steel vats at 20 °C.
Maturation: Circa 12 months in the same steel vats.
Refining: After bottling for at least 6 months.
Produced bottles: 5,500 (2010 vintage)
Eye: greenish straw yellow.
Nose: fruity with hints of aniseed.
Palate: dry, harmonic, good structure, rightly acid.