Sikele 2015 Bianco (Grecanico), Terre Siciliane IGP
Item Number: 10917
Sub Region: Sicily
Appellation/AVA: Terre Siciliane IGT
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Grecanico Dorato
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Limestone
Winemaking Notes: Grapes macerate for 13 hours on the skin before pressing. Wine is vinified in concrete tanks with minimal intervention and with native yeast. Wine ages for 6 months in tank and another 3 months in bottle. A small amount of sulfur is added at bottling.
Tasting Notes: Golden yellow in the glass, the Sikelé Grecanico Dorato (identical to the Garganega grape) shows notes of almond, straw, and lemon. It has great acidity and structure.
Food Pairing: Try Panelle
About the Domaine: The estate was founded in 2001 on a hill formerly known as Poggio dei Fossi in the southeastern Sicilian province of Siracusa. Today the Paternò sisters, Marilina and Federica, are at the helm. Their philosophy reflects a deep respect for the land, with organic farming and natural winemaking. They have been influenced by Frank Cornelissen, the guru of natural winemaking on Mount Etna.
About Sicily: We’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse: Mediterranean sunshine, rocky hillsides, and wines as voluptuous as Sophia Loren. Sicily has been making wine since before The Godfather was a twinkle in Mario Puzo’s eye. With its intense southern sunshine, Sicily’s wines are deep-colored and high-strength. For much of the century, the focus was on quantity, but the nineties brought a shift toward quality, and more investment from the north. It’s a boon for everyone that the wines have begun living up to their potential: with mountainous terrain and poor (i.e., vine-friendly) soil, intense summer heat, and low rainfall, their potential is legion. Add to the mix a range of native grapes with real personality–Catarratto, Inzolia, Grillo, Nero d’Avola, Frappato, Perricone, and Nerello Mascalese–and you have a unique wine producing region that is making huge strides on the international scene. DOC (Denominazione d’Origine Controllata) wines are less common than the IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica).