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Why do we love this wine?

Take our favourite Barolo producer, add some indigenous Sicilian varieties from 40-plus year old vineyards around Mt Etna, and voila: magic white wine. There’s nothing mysterious or untoward in the winemaking. It’s kept on skins for a short period then pressed, juice fermented over a couple of weeks, and aged on lees in stainless steel for five months. As with all Giovanni Rosso’s wines, this is about site. Site, and the ancient grapes (mostly carricante) that are thought to have been grown on the slopes of Mt Etna for at least 1,000 years. So they’ve had time to acclimatise. 

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Citrus
Floral
Pear
Medium-bodied
Chewy
Elegant

The team reckon this wine should be had with risotto with fresh clams, and that sounds pretty good to me. Or some salt-baked bream. I’m starting to think I might like living in Sicily. 

The Etna vineyards are a new acquisition for Giovanni Rosso, and this is the first year they’ve made the wine, under this label at least. If you’re going to hang your hat on only one white in your portfolio, we’re pretty rapt that it’s this one. It knocked my socks off, that’s for sure. Must be doing the same thing with hats, as Mike Bennie recommends we hold onto our them.

Here, you hold mine, I’m just going to pour myself another generous glass of this exotic deliciousness...

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Mike Bennie
Italian import
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Specs

Region
Sicily
Vintage
2016
Cellaring
2025
Preservatives
Sulphites
Alcohol by Vol.
13.0%
Closure
Cork
Bottle Vol
750mL
Blend Info
Predominantly Carricante, with small batches of other local grape varieties
Serving Temp.
10.0°C
Food Union
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Blue Cheese
Chicken
Fish
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