Estate: Cantina Marilina is an organic winery located in southeastern Sicily, with vineyards in 2 appellations; Noto DOC and Eloro DOC. Founded in 2001, today the winery is headed by sisters Marilina and Federica Paternò. Surrounded by a UNESCO World Heritage Site and wildlife sanctuaries, the sisters are steadfast in their determination to use traditional, environmentally friendly methods to craft natural wines with a “strong territorial identity”. The wine bottles carry “zero environmental impact: light glass, natural cork stopper, recycled natural paper label and no capsule”. Cuè in Sicilian dialect means “Who is?” and is a term used for someone unexpected. The name refers to the reaction people have when tasting the estate’s dry Moscato; it has the classic flavour of Moscato, yet the distinctive dryness “comes as a surprise”.
Philosophy: Absolute respect for the earth.
Winemaking: All wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts, un-refrigerated and lightly filtered with natural products. Moscato grapes are hand harvested from vines in white/calcareous soil, vinified and aged in concrete tanks for 5 months, followed by 2 months in the bottle before release.
Tasting Notes: Deep gold in colour with very aromatic, with intricate aromas of apple, nectarine, beeswax candle, orange blossom, honey, lemon, smoky minerals and almond. Juicy peach, nectarine and apricot glide atop a stratum of smoky minerality. Fresh acidity accents stone fruits, lemon zest, honey and nuts on the lengthy, dry finish. Juicy and silky, a sumptuous, beaming ray of sunny Moscato.
Terre Siciliane IGP
Produced and Bottled by Marilina Paternò