In my never ending quest to find emerging or previously underestimated wines from different corners of the earth the island of Sicily has been making some noise lately.
Reds mostly- with the “go to” grape being Nero d’Avola.
Sicily’s vinicultural history has been more attuned to quantity than quality. Sicilian Dessert wines such as Moscato Passito and Marsala rival Spain’s Sherries and Portugal’s Ports as international options for premium fortified wines. And speaking of Marsala I discovered that one of the key grapes used in its production “Inzolia” is capable of producing a knockout white. The Producer is Feudo Montoni. The 30 year old vines are cultivated on steep slopes of clay and sand. The harvested grapes are fermented in cement vats on their lees. The result is a remarkable aromatic, flavourful Italian white wine. Frankly as good as I have ever tasted. The flavours include pear, yellow melon, honey and chamomile. There is a long dry crisp finish.
This wine pairs well with grilled fish and white meats.
(And for tree huggers out there the wine is certified organic.)
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Feudo Montoni Inzolia Fornelli 2016 DOC Sicily
13.5% Alcohol 22.95 LCBO 539932