Marco De Bartoli Pietranera 2014 Sicily, Italy
Vibrant nose with a pronounced aroma reminiscent of the Muscat grape, hints of eucalyptus, herbal notes, white peach. Medium body with a rich palate and refreshing acidity. Flavours of peach, lemon and notes of honey. Dry, slightly spicy and gingery finish. Perfect on its own and with creamy dishes of fish or chicken.
About the winemaker
Running a 20 ha winery near the town of Marsala in Sicily, Marco de Bartoli 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.
|Viticulture and Winemaking|
After a rigorous selection, the grapes (planted on volcanic soil) 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, Suitable for vegans, Thanks to wild yeasts the fermentation starts in stainless steel vats of 50 hl at controlled temperature, Two thirds of the wine age for six months in stainless steel vats, while a third ages in French oak barrels of 225 l