Millesulmare - Sicilia DOC

Millesulmare Sicilia DOC White



  PRODUCER:  Santa Maria La Nave


  TYPE: Grecanico

  SUB WINE-REGION: Contrada Nave,  slope Northwest of the Etna, 1100 meters above sea level


A wine of character, fruit of an extreme vineyard, of autochtonous wine-dressers as much as the vines that they cultivate respecting their ancient traditions of the place, of hands enologiche experienced but little invasive, that operate in the total respect of the cluster and the philosophy of simplicity to which the project is inspired. A project brought ahead by a family of patient owners, disinterested to the number of produced bottles and the time that it will want us because these bottles reach the market, but animate only from the love and from the desire to preserve and to valorize ancient vines and a territory of extraordinary and mysticism beauty.


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Weight 1.2 kg

The protagonists of the adventure of SantaMariaLaNave are our heroic vineyards, climbing at high altitudes on an active volcano and enduring harsh temperature changes, which enrich the aroma of the grapes; Mount Etna, that reaches the highest degree of its wild fertility in the area of the Contrada; the botanical and climatic landscape, helping to preserve a healthy environment where to grow our fruits; our collaborators, from the agronomists to the enologists, who help us respecting what nature gave us.
The Mulone family has decided that its grapes and wine should be the ones speaking and has refused to assume a leading role: a choice uncommon in this sector. The love between the family and its vines is very old and dates back to 1954, when Giuseppe Mulone (called Peppino), a gentleman farmer of Regalbuto, a town in the province of Enna, moved with its family to Catania, following a common trend of the period, in order to look for better-off and steadier living conditions. He found his first job on Mount Etna, where Peppino would take part in the harvests of Zafferana.
He was fascinated by the fertility of this volcanic soil, by the richness of its vineyards and by the magnificence of the grapes. His relationship with Mount Etna and its vineyard lasted for several years, until his last son who was still in Sicily, “spared” by the migratory flows that emptied Sicily of many tireless workers, bought a property on Etna, in the municipality of Viagrande.
In this property, there was a small and ancient vineyard of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio. Peppino Mulone helped to cultivate this vineyard for some years with love and passion, taking part in the first harvests and in the fascinating artisanal vinification of the grapes.
He passed on the same passion and respect, along with his genes, to the future generations and today these principles are the heart of the SantaMariaLaNave project. Nowadays the vinification techniques are faster and more efficient, but our passion for the vineyards and our care for the vines are just the same. We harvest manually, as in the past, and with the maximum degree of carefulness, respecting every grape. We, as a family, think of ourselves not as protagonists of this adventure, but as keepers and warrantors behind the scenes of the cardinal values that animate SantaMariaLaNave; the same values that our Grandfather Peppino taught us with his good example.
Our friends Benanti supported us in our project with their highly qualified experience. Our understanding is based on mutual trust, on the thirty-year friendship between our families, and on the common love for our magnificent volcano, Mount Etna.

Appellation: Sicilia DOC Bianco.
Grape varieties: Grecanico Dorato, several clones of ancient local vine varieties, grafted on Richter 110 and Paulsen 1103.
Production area: Contrada Nave, northwestern slope of Mount Etna, 1100 meters above the sea level.
Vineyard characteristics: Highly organic soil with relevant residues of old lava flows. Guyot trellis system. Some rows are pruned following a double spurred cordon method: we are observing the evolution of the plants over the years. 1.5 x 0.8 meters. The planting was absolutely non-invasive, so the area is rich in fruit trees, spontaneous bushes and groves, respecting the local agricultural policies and the micro ecosystem of the Contrada. A production of about a kilogram of grapes per vine.
Weather conditions: Mountain climate, warm and dry during summer, with strong temperature fluctuations during the ripening period. The microclimatic conditions do not allow botrytis to form.
Harvest: Manual harvesting during the last week of October. Carried out by a local team of workers who know the characteristics of this vine variety and select the best grapes while harvesting them. The clusters are handpicked into 18-20 kg crates and brought to the cellar right after the harvest.
Vinification notes: The grapes are destalked and moved into a soft press, where they are pressed for about 2 hours, obtaining a 60% of free run must. We never go beyond 0,6 bar while pressing. The free run must is poured into an insulated tank and it is cold settled (at 10°C) for 36 hours. Then the dregs are removed and the must is inoculated with strictly local yeasts and their nutrients. The alcoholic fermentation happens at 18-20°C, in order to preserve the aromatic content of the must. After 7 days from the fermentation process, the wine is racked and separated from the gross lees. After 10 days, we start with the weekly batonage of the fine lees. Thanks to the cold, the wine stabilizes also from a tartaric point of view. This makes our wine less acidic and softer on the palate, preserving the original aroma of the grapes. After being slightly clarified and filtrated, the wine is bottled and aged for other 6 months.
Produced bottles: approximately 3200 of 0.75l.
Ageing potential: 5 years
First harvest: Small batch fermentation up to 2004 with grapes of the mother plants of our vineyard; since 2007 with grapes of our vineyard.

Organoleptic characteristics: The wine appears fine bright straw yellow in color, with golden shades. On the nose, it is elegant and balanced, with gentle fruity and mineral notes. Dry on the palate, with a pleasant acid structure, marked mineral hints and citrusy notes.
Alcoholic content: 12%
Gastronomic pairings: Ideally served with fish dishes, pasta with sardines and wild fennel, arancini catanesi with meat sauce, fried meatballs, crespelle with sardines and shrimp tempura. Great as ingredient for cooking fish dishes. Ideal serving temperature: 7-8°C.