Marco De Bartoli Sole e Vento 2013 Sicily, Italy
Enticing nose of floral aromas, white pepper, a hint of saffron. Notes of honey on the palate, lime and lemon, lightly spicy and mineral. Refreshing acidity for a dry and slightly saline finish. Light and very easy to drink, this is a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. Perfect for aperitif, fish and seafood.
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 manual selection of the bunches, 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, Marsala and Pantelleria, both sunny and windy, Suitable for vegans, Thanks to wild yeasts the fermentation starts in stainless steel vats of 50 hl capacity, at controlled temperature, The wine will then age seven months in stainless steel vats before bottling, This dry white wine is the product of two terroirs from Sicily, ”Sole e Vento” means ”Sun and Wind”