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Il Censo Praruar Bianco - Sicily

Il Censo Praruar Bianco 2016 - Sicily

Vintage: 2016 | Type: Whites | Producer: Il Censo
Region: Italy
Alc: 13.5%
Closure: Cork
Bottle size: 750ml

$64.80: as part of any six
$72.00: single bottle
$388.80: per case of 6

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A full flavoured orange wine with propelling sophisticated aromas of dried quince tempered by a savoury edge. Dry, light with a mild orange peel on the nose. Pale floral taste throughout. Ripe apricots with tannin and a chalky finish. Made from 100% Catarratto which was picked in the first week of October. Spontaneously fermented on its skins for 21 days with out any additions, temperature control or sulphur additions. An explosive wine of power and interest.

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Il Censo is a project started by Gaetano Gargano and his wife, Nicoletta, in close cooperation with Giampiero Bea. Gaetano, a Sicilian by birth, has spent much of his adult life in banking while living in Rome. He became and still is a client of the Bea family and, impressed by the work the Beas have done in Umbria, he decided to rejuvenate the old family property in the hamlet of Bivona in southwest central Sicily close by the village of Palazzo Adriano (where the film “Cinema Paradiso” was made).

With the counsel of Giampiero Bea, the Gargano family has replanted hillside vineyards to two local grape varieties: Cataratto (white) and Perricone (black), also known in local dialect as “njuro cani” (black dog). The vineyard is managed organically, comprised of 5 hectares at 700 meters altitude. As is usual with a Giampiero Bea design, the label of each wine provides much detail. For the first releases, the Njuro (the red wine) fermented spontaneously on the native yeasts for 16 days without temperature control. Likewise the Praruar (“golden” in Greek and Albanian) spent its first 16 days spontaneously fermenting on the natural yeasts and in contact with the skins.

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