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(2017) From Sicily and made from a blend of grapes including the local Insolia and Cataratto, but also a little Chardonnay, this is like walking through a lemon grove into an apple orchard. It's all about filigree lightness and clean, delicate flavours in a light-bodied format, and yet there is some real fruit concentration on the palate and a long, crisp finish as those lemon groves hove into view again. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas.
(2017) Sicilian Zibibbo has been building a bit of a following in recent years. Though it's an Italian synonym for the Muscat grape, the Sicilian version tends to play down the more pungent floral aromatics of the variety, and add a touch of extra weight and texture. This opens with a touch of Muscat florals and exotic fruits, green grape freshness and a touch of lime peel waxiness. On the plate its like crunching a chilled grape straight from the fridge, lots of sweetness and tartness, plenty of verve and citrus tang, in a dry wine with some richness but crispness too. Daily Drinker members buy for £8.10.
(2014) DOC Mamertino, from Messina. A blend of Insolia and Grillo, which is pleasing, fruity, with tiny floral and exotic peach down notes to apple fruit and citrus. The palate has open, lightly tropical fruit with nectarine and peach skins giving just a little grip, and lovely freshness. It blooms with a sweet mid-palate, very crowd pleasing and fruit forward, but the tight grip of the cool acidity in the finish is excellent.
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