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Marco De Bartoli Grappoli del Grillo 2012 Sicily, Italy

Marco De Bartoli Grappoli del Grillo 2012 Sicily, Italy

code: TEC0009312

Pale lemon colour. Lovely aromas of peach with hints of white pepper. Smooth texture on the palate with flavours of peach, lemon and a touch of white pepper. Dry finish with juicy notes of nectarine. Great alternative to a rich Chardonnay.

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About The Wines

Type: White

Origin: Sicily, Italy

Vintage: 2012

Grape Variety: Grillo

Winemaker: Marco de Bartoli

Viticulture and Winemaking: Organic

Style: Medium-Full bodied, Dry

Bottle size: 75 cl

ABV: 13.5%

More details: Suitable for vegans. After a rigorous selection the grapes are de-stemmed, gently pressed and cold macerated for about 24 hours. After the soft pressing, the must decants at low temperature for 48 hours. Thanks to wild yeasts the fermentation starts in stainless steel vats of 50 hl at controlled temperature. The process is completed in small French oak barrels of 225 l, 500 l and 1000 l to preserve the wine's primary aromas and to enhance its bouquet during the ageing period. The ageing is conducted for 12 months in French oak barrels with lees contact and stirring (to put them back into the wine). The wine ages for a further six months in bottle before release.

Running a 20 ha winery near the town of Marsala in Sicily, Marco de Bartoly is the man who, 40 years ago, revived the Marsala wines which had become, for most of them, cheap cooking wines. Marco used the ancient solera method: adding small amounts of young wine to wines that are ageing in wood barrels. The result is a beautiful, fine, dry and delicate Marsala. Since then, the family has grown and Marco's children, Renato, Sebastiano and Josephine now run the domain maintaining their father's organic methods. No synthetic chemicals and no industrial yeasts are used in the vineyards and at the winery. Their focus has expanded beyond Marsala to produce also a range of dry white wines made from Sicilian varieties such as Grillo, Zibibbo and Catarratto as well as a red wine made with Pignatello and a sweet Passito made on the island of Pantelleria. The range has expanded but quality remains the core value of the De Bartoli family.

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