Rallo Azienda Agricola, Evro Insolia, DOP Sicily, Italy, 2018
Working organically, the Vesco family focus on creating fragrant crisp Catarratto and perfumed fresh Nero d'Avola from their hillside vineyards. These vineyards are certified organic and are nestled high up in the hills south of Alcamo to take advantage of the slightly cooler temperatures and greater diurnal differences. The vines look down on the town of Marsala where, when the grapes have been harvested, they are taken. Here Andrea Vesco treats them with respect, utilising modern technology to ensure the freshness is retained for the final wines and creating elegant examples of the varieties that are anything but what you would expect from such a hot land.
The Insolia grapes come from the Patti Piccolo area of Alcamo and are grown on verticle trellis wires and pruned guyot. The vineyard faces a North, North east exposure and is on loam soils.
Soft pressing and fermentation in stainless steel at a controlled temperature for 8 days. No malolcatic fermentation, but a 6 month maturation in stainless steel.
No oak treatment.
A straw yellow colour wine, with fresh citrussy notes and crisp apple. Persistent harmanious and mineral on the finish.
Seafood, oysters, lobster and caviar. Delicious!
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