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Mortellito: ‘Calaiancu’ Bianco Terre Siciliane IGP 2018 & ‘Calaniuru’ Terre Siciliane IGP 2018

Estate: Following years of selling his grapes to iconic natural winemakers such as Frank Cornelissen and Lamoresca, Dario Serrentino began vinifying and bottling his own estate wines in 2014. Located in Val di Noto, in southeastern Sicily, the family estate consists of 25 hectares, 15 of which are vineyards, the remainder are a “mix of ancient olive groves and heirloom almond varieties”. Winemaking is a natural extension of his passion for nature and the land from which he is from. All farming is organic and low intervention, wood is not utilized at all in fermenting or ageing.

Philosophy: “The local wine culture pushed me to go in search of genuine wines, made without forcing and using organic farming methods.”

Mortellito ‘Calaiancu’ Bianco Terre Siciliane IGP 2018

Winemaking: Vines are 5 years in age, in medium textured clay soil. Skin maceration for 12 hours, “then drawn off and kept at room temperature, the fermentation develops naturally without inoculation of wine yeast.” Aged in stainless steel.

Tasting Notes: Gold in colour, very aromatic, with lemon, chamomile, smoky hay, fresh jalapeno, tomato, olive, oregano and coriander. Chamomile, roasted jalapeno, lemon, almond, white flowers, ginger and a drizzle of honey are glossed by citrus acidity. Grapefruit, smoky saline minerality and an almond trace linger between each creamy sip. A fascinating, unique and engaging fusion of savoury and citrus elements.

90% Grillo, 10% Catarratto
Bianco Terre Siciliane IGP
Sicily
Italy
Produced and Bottled by Mortellito Soc. Coop
12.5% Alcohol
$25

Mortellito ‘Calaniuru’ Terre Siciliane IGP 2018

Winemaking: Vines are 25 years in age, in medium textured clay soil. Skin maceration for 15 days, “then drawn off and kept at room temperature, the fermentation develops naturally without inoculation of wine yeast.” Aged in stainless steel.

Tasting Notes: Transparent red violet in colour, with aromas of strawberry, raspberry, candied rose petal, cherry, peppery spice and a dash of earth. Juicy, vibrant cherry, raspberry, strawberry and red currant with a shake of smoked sea salt, framed by silky tannins and fresh acidity. Smoky minerality, peppery spice and red berries linger on the plush finish. Bright and super gluggable.

Mostly Frappato, with Nero d’Avola
Terre Siciliane IGP
Sicily
Italy
Produced and Bottled by Mortellito Soc. Coop
12.5% Alcohol
$25

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