Sicilia DOP, Italy
The vineyards this wine is grown in are in the sandy soils of Alcamo, west of Palermo, nearly 300m above sea level. It's made from 100% of the local variety Catarratto which, when ripe, is picked early in the day to keep the acidity and freshness needed to make a bright and crunchy wine. It undergoes a short maceration on its skins which adds an extra depth of flavour and golden tinge to the colour. Clean and fresh and with a complexity and depth way beyond its price point it's full of ripe citrus and stone fruit, baked apples, minerality, spice and herbs. Aged on lees and bottled unfined and unfiltered results in a cloudy, hazy look to the wine which is not a fault but rather a complement resulting in greater flavour and texture. One of the best value wines on the market.