Sicily Saturday at PWS Sydney

There is much to like about Sicily’s wines. For example, prices are generally not high, even for famous, high-quality reds and exciting dry and sweet whites. The island is also home to many native grapes whose considerable quality potential has only recently become clear. VINOUS

The South of Italy are now producing Italy’s most exciting wines in both red and white. In Sicily in particular the quality revolution is in full swing with dedicated and creative winmakers now making full use of the diverse range of sites to reinvigorate indigenous varieties to stunning effect. Etna is a case in point. The sides of this still active volcano offer varying altitudes that extend up to 1000 metres and mineral rich soils make an ideal home for the Nerello Mascalese and Carricante grapes. This uniqueness of the zone coupled with the uniqueness of the varieties combine to make wines that are the hottest property in the wine world today. It’s a combination that can’t be replicated either and as such is one of those precious vinous landscapes akin to the Cote d’Or or the the Langhe Hills. Elsewhere the energy formerly emloyed to make poor imitations of French varieties is being spent more productively on other locals like Grillo, Nero d’Avola, Catarratto, Zibibbo and the like. PWS

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