The 12 Filari Catarratto of the Azienda Agricola Case Alte grows at 500 metres altitude on loamy and sandy soils. The vines from the 1992 planting year are trellised and pruned in Guyot. With a vine density of 3600 vines per hectare, the grapes are thinned out before veraison, yielding an average of eight tonnes per hectare = 6833 bottles in 2020. The grapes are hand-picked into small, eight-kilo bins and gently crushed in the cellar. After 24 hours, they are pressed and the must is fermented spontaneously. The wine is then aged for six months at 10°C in steel with weekly battonage and rests in bottle for two months at the winery before sale.
Bright straw yellow with silver rim.
The nose of the 12 Filari Catarratto from the Azienda Agricola Case Alte is initially reserved. With increasing contact with oxygen, it smells like wet stone after a warm summer rain, with summer flowers and kitchen herbs hovering above it in the top note. Aromas of green tea and camomile can be found as well as orange blossom, broom and lemon thyme.
Powerful combines the sparse fruit with phenolically tart aromatics and the ever-popular grip on the palate. Grapefruit and laurel stage a contrasting aromatic spectacle on the palate, the acidity acts nonchalantly in the background and combines with the chalky minerality to form the pulsating nerve of the wine. With an elegant 12.5%, it symbolises the new, white Sicilian lightness.
Food recommendations from Sebastian Bordthäuser
- Bittersalad with oranges, chives and light parmesan dessert
- Fried red mullet in camomile beurre blanc
- Grilled suckling pig with wild fennel
Azienda Agricola Case Alte, Via Pisciotta 27, 90043 Camporeale (PA), Italy. Organic certificate: IT-BIO-004