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Arèmi, 2018

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Sicily - Italy
Terre Siciliane
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From the Grower
"Catarratto is an antique and fascinating grape. It reminds us that true modernity can only be achieved by understanding the work that dozens of generations before us have done to make Sicily the cradle of the Mediterranean civilization. Deep golden yellow, Arèmi offers a complex bouquet of bitter orange skin, almond paste and bread crust. Full and intense to the palate, its structure and persistence are amplified by a tannic feeling from skin contact."
vineyard Vineyard
  • Organic / Biodynamic (uncertified)
  • Grape Percentage: Catarratto 100%
  • Average age of vines: 35
  • Soil type: Sandstone, Vulcanic
cellar Cellar
  • Fermented spontaneously using low-intervention
  • Sulphites: 39 mg/L
  • Fining (clarification): Unfined
  • Filtering: Unfiltered
  • Suitable for Vegans and vegetarians
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Residual sugar: <1 g/L
  • Length of skin contact: 15 days
  • Vessel type: Clay Pot - Other, Wood - Old oak, Stainless Steel
  • Bottle weight: 400

Additional Information

Grapes are handpicked in mid-September. The wine ferments spontaneously with the skins for 15 days in stainless steel tanks, with manual punching downs. After malolactic, it refines on fine lees for 12 months in neutral Slavonian oak barrels, and for 6 months in amphoras. It develops its complex personality after a few months from the bottling, and ages for several years.
My name is Marilena Barbera, and I am proprietor and winemaker at my boutique winery based in Menfi, Sicily. I believe in organic viticulture and agro-homeopathic protection of my vines, and I strive to make wine in a natural way, respecting the main elements that make terroir here so special: the sun, the ocean and the sea breeze. I use wild yeast for all fermentations - both spontaneous and from pied-de-cuve - and avoid any additives and winery practices the may alter the influence of terroir, and the personality of each grape variety. My wines do not contain GMO, nor animal derived elements, and are suitable for vegans. I do not use concentration, micro-oxygenation or other invasive procedures: my wines are not fined, stabilization is performed by only using cold temperature, filtration is very gentle (never below 5 micron) or totally avoided, and sulfites are always at the minimum possible level. All processes are monitored in order to implement quality and traceability, and to guarantee environmental respect.
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