Gunther & Klaus Di Giovanna
Chardonnay, Grillo, Viognier
Yields lowered by 50% with green harvest along with leaf thinning. Grapes are hand-harvested when it is fresh, between the hours of 4:30am-9am and 5:00pm-9pm. Daytime temperatures during harvest can average 95F to 104F degrees.
The grapes come from the Miccina & Paradiso vineyards. Paradiso in Contessa Entellina are the family's largest vineyards planted on soft rolling hills at altitudes around 400 meters above sea level, surrounded by olive groves. Miccina is located in Contessa Entellina. The average altitude is 350 meters above sea level with mixed soils consisting of mixed clays, limestone, tufo.
Grapes are soft-pressed over 3-to-4 hours in which only the 1st flower (Primo Fiore) is used to produce the wine. The Primo Fiore is the first 55% of the pressed juice, the rest will be sold as bulk wine. Fermentation starts with a combination of ambient yeasts and organic selected yeast in stainless steel tank on the fine lees for 6 months, and blended before bottling. 70% Chardonnay, 25% Grillo, 5% Viognier.
Aged on the fine lees for 6 months with regular batonage.