2016 ETNA BIANCO, Graci. Sicily
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Area: Etna has become a source for a number of 'cult' wines and wineries, such is the excitement about the vinous potential of the volcanic soils. Reds are made predominantly from the local grape variety Nerello Mascalese and whites from Carricante - both giving results of subtle but clear individuality.
Grape Variety: 70% Carricante and 30% Catarrato, fermented with natural yeasts in a mixture of cement tanks and old oak casks.
Producer: Alberto Aiello Graci runs the estate, based on the north side of Mount Etna, at Passopisciaro, around 1,000m high. They have 15 hectares of Nerello and just 2.5 hectares of white grapes.
Old Bridge Rating: Carricante can be too waxy for my taste (reminiscent of heavier Semillon). This has a lovely balance of bright acidity, stoney complexity and gentle creaminess.
Press Reviews: "The 2016 Etna Bianco is a wine that invites easy (and happy) drinking. This is a streamlined and tonic expression with salty mineral tones followed by white peach and Golden Delicious apple. The Graci trademark is balance, and this wine shows impeccable harmony with a beautifully polished finish. Drink: 2017-2022. 91 points" - The Wine Advocate
£21.00 per bottle
£19.95 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£18.90 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles