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VURRIA GRILLO Terre Siciliane

IGP Sicilia
Zone: Contessa Entellina
Vineyard: Paradiso & Gerbino
Terroir: Limestone, Clay mix
Altitude: 350-400 meters
Yield per Vine: 1,8 kg.
Varietals: 100% Grillo
ABV: 13-13.5% Vol
Production: 2,000 cases

The Di Giovanna family has been cultivating organic vineyards for five generations in western Sicily, just outside the town of Sambuca di Sicilia. Brothers Gunther & Klaus manage the family’s 56 hectare estate and winery where their hand crafted wines are made and bottled. Their wines are made exclusively with estate fruit and all of their vineyards are certified organic by Suolo e Salute SRL.

Wine Description:
This unique example of the native Sicilian Grillo is suprisingely concentrated and powerful, thanks to low yields from a rigorous green harvest. The native grape is very prolific and can be uninteresting and watery without attentive vineyard management. Di Giovanna offers one of a few high quality examples of Grillo in Sicily.

The Grillo grapes come from the family’s Paradiso and Gerbino vineyards where soft rolling hills and a lower altitude produce very ripe and fruit driven grapes. The grapes are hand picked, macerated for 8 hours temperature controlled. Fermented in stainless steel tank and left on the fine lees for 6 months with regular batonage.

The Grillo is comparable to Sauvignon Blanc, yet much more tropical and lacking in green notes. An expressive bouquet of ripe ruby red grapefruit, pineapple and herbs leads to a rich yet bright mouthfeel with a noteable acidic core and notes of almonds. Very mineral from limestone rich soils.

Food Suggestions:
This wine is a perfect match for chicken dishes. Pairs very well with vegetable based pasta, white meat, frutti di mare and legume soups.