Santa Margherita (SM) 2020
In 2016, Arianna acquired new property and planted four plots of Grillo, totaling two hectares, in the contrada of Santa Margherita ("SM" on the label since contrada names are not legal) in Chiaramonte Gulfi, at the foot of the Iblei mountains, north of her home turf in Vittoria. The organically farmed vines are planted on hillsides surrounded by pine forest, old oaks and ancient olive trees at around 490 meters above sea level, a cool area buffeted by wind constantly and at the furthest extreme for ripening grapes. The soils are sandy, calcareous marl of ancient origin. 2020 is the first vintage in bottle. The fruit was harvested by hand, destemmed and gently pressed; the juice was macerated with the skins for two days and spontaneously fermented in concrete tank. The wine was aged for a year in oval casks of Austrian oak (from cooperage Pauscha) and bottled without fining or filtering.