CONTRODANZA NERO D’AVOLA DI NOTO DOC
Sicily (Noto DOC), Italy
85% Nero d’Avola, 15% Merlot
Planeta encompasses six distinct wine estates across Sicily, each one inspired and constructed in harmony with its surroundings and dedicated to its terroir. Planeta’s journey begins at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate owned by the family since the 1600s. Here on Italy’s most enchanting island, three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta, under the guidance of Diego Planeta, began their winemaking venture in the mid-1980s. Subsequent years were spent matching the extraordinarily diverse Sicilian soils with both indigenous and international varieties. Years of careful research paid off when the Planeta wines were met with immediate critical acclaim upon introduction in the U.S. in the late 1990s.
All of the company’s activities have a single theme; environmental sustainability. Planeta engages in the use of solar panels and biomass production, using pruning residues to produce energy, reusing and recycling of all materials used in the production cycle, and the exclusive use of recycled paper for packing and printed materials. Because the land is a collective benefit, Planeta considers it is a duty to make every effort in preserving it.TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES
Controdanza, from “country dance”, is a traditional rural dance where partners move gracefully together and then in opposition to each other. Thus we imagined an association of Nero d’Avola and a small amount of Merlot, both cultivated in Noto’s white soil. An unconventional combination, balanced between harmony and contrast.
This wine is produced from the heart of the DOC Noto area in the old districts of Buonivini and Agliastro where Nero d’Avola has always been cultivated. A sort of ‘cadet’ to Santa Cecilia, and the perfect expression of the territory in a less extreme but always original version.WINEMAKING
Harvest took place between September 15th and 20th. Destalking was followed by 14 days lying on the skins; fermentation at 25°C, after racking malolactic fermentation in stainless steel.AGEING
The wine is aged for ten months in two- and three-year old Allier oak barriques.TASTING NOTES
Typical notes of Nero d’Avola from the Noto area like mulberry and plum together with bay, incense and balsamic notes being balanced and made lively by the addition of a vibrant Merlot produced on the same calcareous soils. Harmonic acidity and soft tannins are characterising the palate.
From pork to lamb, the wine expresses itself best with all grilled meats. To be tried with a traditional recipe such as ‘salsiccia sul coppo’ or in a playful pairing with sweet and sour sauces.