Grape blend: Vermentino, Viognier
Alcohol content: 13% vol
Acidity: 6 g/l
Residual sugars: 0.5 g/l
A fragrant white made with grapes caressed by the sea breeze from the nearby coast, soft, with considerable body but at the same time fresh. The bunches are harvested early in the morning, to preserve the grapes’ acidity, aromas and minerality. The 2021 season saw peaks of hot weather, as high as 40 °C; to defend the Vermentino’s quality, the grapes underwent rigid selection in the vineyard and winery. Their considerable ripeness also led to high concentrations of aroma and sugar. The Vermentino 2021 is a wine that’s intense but well-balanced thanks to its terroir, which gives freshness and sapidity, and a well-ventilated microclimate, with significant temperature variations between day and night. The small amount of Viognier added (roughly 15%) heightens its aromatic qualities.
Tasting – Colour: golden yellow with greenish highlights. The nose: mineral aromas, almost like volcanic rock (this is the island of Mount Etna), with citrussy notes, delicate recollections of tropical fruit, hints of apricot and peach, with a decided balsamic note and traces of sage. In the mouth: acidulous, decidedly fresh, it doesn’t reveal its alcohol content. Soft and almost sweet, a sensation given by polysaccharides and not by sugar, with a slight trace of flint that remains on the tip of the tongue.
Wine and Food Pairing – It loves the dishes of the land from which its grapes come: fried or grilled fish, seafood salad, octopus with potatoes and artichokes, all types of “arancini” rice balls (the most classic with ragu and peas, or saffron and pecorino), as well as intensifying the flavour of pasta with wild fennel pesto and sardines, or linguine with seafood carbonara.