Origin: Terre Siciliane I.G.P. - Cantine Ermes
Taste guide: Dry, aromatic with floral aromas, balanced palate with tropical and citrussy fruit flavours, unoaked
75cl - 12.5% - screwcap
The most famous wine from Sicily is the fortifed Marsala and one of the grapes used in its production is the indigenous Grillo. With better vineyard management and winemaking techniques this little-known varietal is now producing superb table wines such as this. Produced by the Cantine Ermes winery, which was established in 1968 in the Belice Valley on land that had previously suffered a devestating earthquake.
The winery adpoted the brand name of Legato which means bring together, epitomising the partnership between two families of winemakers with a desire to produce elegant, modern wines but only using the wonderful and unique local grape varieties of Sicily.
The grapes came from vineyards 300 metres above sea-level in the Belice Valley and grown on north-east facing slopes with relatively deep alluvial soils with a mixture of limestone and sand.
Following harvesting, the grapes received 7-10 hours cold skin contact prior to pressing to extract the maximum flavour potential from the skins. The grapes were gently pressed, and the juice allowed to cool down to 10°C. The fermentation took place at controlled temperature using selected yeasts.
The wine is pale straw coloured with green hues, offering a floral and aromatic bouquet of blossom and orange peel. The palate shows tropical fruit flavours of pineapple and tangerine with lemon notes. It is nicely rounded and has a clean finish.
If you enjoyed the immensely popular but sold out Jamie Oliver "Summery Sicilian" wine, you will love this, as it offers similar flavours.
Sells for up to £8.50 elsewhere - though not widely available.
At Binendwines just £5.95.