Modern Sicilian viticulture counts, among its pioneers, Diego Planeta who, inherited land and cellar in the enclave of Forte dell’Ulmo (Menfi), transformed everything into an experimental laboratory in the open air, assisted by figures such as Giacomo Tachis and Attilio Scienza.
One of the first symbols of this Nouvelle Vague was, in 1985, the planting of chardonnay, as a result of a careful study on the “genius loci” adaptability to the so-called international grape varieties.
Today the winery, which has expanded with land a bit ‘throughout Sicily, is faced with another turning point, represented once again by a Chardonnay based wine, Didacus, dedicated, by the new generation, to the pioneer Diego, who had precisely this nickname in his childhood. This wine, produced for the first time in 2014 from the historic Ulmo vineyards, is the result of a manual selection of the best bunches, destined to fermentation and subsequent 10 months refinement in barriques (80% old, 20% new), with weekly bâtonnage on fine lees for the first 6 months.
This 2016 vintage reveals in the glass a beautiful golden yellow consistent, almost amber, with a really powerful nose in which apricot and orange blossom honey open the dance, and then give way to lime, pineapple and a mix of Normandy butter, Toasted hazelnut, burnt bone and flint. The mouthfeel is rich and materic with an allure of boisée and toffee notes, married to an acid-sapid vegetal vein that balances the sumptuous sip and directs it towards a finish on very refreshing tones that might sound as “Kimmeridge” (if it wasn’t that we are definitely far away).
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