Planeta Chardonnay Sicilia Menfi D.O.C. 2021
A wine that has become the image of change in wine Sicily. It was born out of a desire to be able to compete with the world in the production of this noble and widespread grape variety. After a long road that began in 1985, full of surprises and successes, today Planeta Chardonnay is an icon for the whole of Sicily. The vineyards of Ulmo and Maroccoli, which comprise it, are unique in location and terroir. Careful and precise fermentation and aging in French wood gives us a wine unique in grace and power.
SOIL TYPE: at Ulmo, medium-textured, medium-deep to deep soil with an abundant skeleton consisting of pebbles, medium limestone with fractions of dark soils and vegetation. At Maroccoli, medium-sized, skeleton-rich calcareous soil, little clay with abundant silty fraction.
ALTIMETRY: Ulmo 250 m above sea level; Maroccoli 415 m above sea level.
YIELD PER HECTARE: Ulmo 70 quintals;
Maroccoli 75 quintals.
GROWTH SYSTEM: espalier with Guyot pruning system.
PLANTING DENSITY: Ulmo 4,545 plants per hectare; Maroccoli 5,050 plants per hectare. CULTIVATION METHOD: in accordance with organic farming criteria and the SOStain® protocol; grassed soils with clover, vetch, yellow mustard and wild flora to increase organic matter and nitrogen content, promoting soil microfauna viability; pest defense with sulfur and copper in minimal amounts; pest control with beneficial insects, sexual confusion and application of natural corroborants such as zeolite, kaolin and plant extracts.
HARVEST TIME: August 9-25.
WINE-MAKING: Grapes were hand-picked in 16 kg crates, refrigerated at about 12-14 °C. They were then destemmed, crushed and went through soft pressing and static sedimentation at low temperature, 6-7 °C; then the clear part was racked and fermented in 225 l Allier oak barrels at about 17-19 °C for 5/7 days.
At the end of fermentation, the wine was aged on the primary lees – with
bâtonnage performed weekly for the first 5 months, thereafter every 14 days-until completion of 11 months; finally it was bottled.
AGING: in 225-liter Allier oak barrels, 40% new 30% 2nd passage, 30% 3rd passage.
PACKING: July 2022.
ALCOHOL GRATION: 13.5% vol.
TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.15 g/l
AGEING CAPACITY: 8-10 years. BOTTLE SIZE: 0.375 l, 0.75 l, 1.5 l, 3 l BOTTLE WEIGHT: 750 g (0.75 l)
CAP: one-piece natural cork. PAIRING: Try it for a change with freshly seared foie gras or roast veal with a mushroom sauce.