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Eduardo Torres Acosta Versante Nord Bianco 2018 - Sicily

Eduardo Torres Acosta Versante Nord Bianco 2018 - Sicily

Vintage: 2018 | Type: Whites | Producer: Eduardo Torres Acosta
Region: Italy
Blend: 50% Minella/15% Carricante/35% Catarratto-Grecanico-Inzolia.
Alc: 12.5%
Closure: Cork
Bottle size: 750ml

$54.00: as part of any six
$60.00: single bottle
$648.00: per case of 12

Maximum buy quantity no greater than 6 bottles.


Eduardo organically farms 5-6 different parcels of field-blend white varieties on the north face or versante nord of Mt. Etna at elevations ranging from 550 to 950 meters. A majority of the wine consists of the rare native white Minella; the rest included other local varieties Catarratto, Carricante,Grecanico and Inzolia. Grown is sandy soils rich in volcanic ash, the alberello vines average 45-50 years in age.

The bunches are hand-harvested, destemmed, co-fermented spontaneously with yeasts in concrete tank without temperature control; maceration varies from 2-5 days. Aging takes place in a combination of Slavonian oak botti, tonneau and barrique for 6-8 months.

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Eduardo Torres first learned to make wine from his father on his native Tenerife in the Canary Islands of Spain. In 2012 he moved to Sicily to intern with Arianna Occhipinti in Vittoria. From there he headed  north and east to Mt. Etna, where he spent several years working at Passopisciaro, one of the pioneers of modern viticulture on Etna. Mt. Etna is a distinctive and historically insular zone, based around a still-active volcano, sparsely populated, and farmed by independent, traditionally-minded individuals. Gradually, while working his day job, Eduardo managed to get his hands on some small parcels to rent and farm and was able to bottle commercially for the first time in the 2014 vintage. For the first few years he was vinifying and aging his wines at Occhipinti; as of the 2018 harvest, he has constructed and is working out of his own winemaking facility in an Etna village.

From day one, Eduardo has been wholly committed to purely natural and manual work in the vineyard. His focus is the terroir of the north side of Etna, reflected not only in the name of his two flagship wines, the “Versante Nord” Rosso and Bianco, but also in the locals-only varieties within. Nerello Mascalese, with its usual vineyard companion Nerello Cappuccio as well as other black grapes, stars in his reds, and Minella, a lesser-known native variety, in the tiny production of white. The climate of Etna is generally moody, the mountain creating its own dramatic weather variations.  Eduardo favors high-elevation sites, which sport the expected classic volcanic soils and even cooler temperatures and lower yields, but works with a range of altitudes, slopes, exposures, vine ages and soil types across several contrade or zones. The older vines are alberello-trained, while younger vines are cultivated in guyot. Walking the vineyards with him, you see how he looks at and touches and considers and talks about each plant, each square meter of soil, each corner of a plot, individually; his intensive observation and thought about those various personalities is striking.

 

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