Cenatiempo Bianco Superiore
Region: Campania, Italy
Appellation: Ischia DOC
Grapes: 40% Biancolella, 45% Forastera, 15% other local grapes
Age of vines: Planted in 1990
Altitude & Soil Type: 50-300 M, Volcanic
Maceration & Fermentation: Controlled low temperature fermentation in stainless steel and cement with indigenous yeasts
Aging: Cement and stainless steel tank for 2 months, on the lees, then 1 month in bottle
Production: 6,000 bottles annually
The region of Campania makes some of the best white wines in Italy, and Pasquale Cenatiempo’s wines from the island of Ischia are yet another demonstration of this.
Ischia is a volcanic island, and the whites do show the characteristic ‘struck flint’ character of volcanic terroirs. Cenatiempo’s production is about half from his own grapes, which are biodynamically farmed, the rest coming from other growers around the island.