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Home Winners > Winners 2015 > ITALY: South Whites, including Sicily & Sardinia

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Italy: South Whites, including Sicily & Sardinia


2015: Gold 2 Silver 6 Bronze 2 Commended 6
2014: Gold 1 Silver 3 Bronze 4 Commended 7

There’s a real mixed bag of varieties here, from ‘internationals’ like Chardonnay and even Sauvignon Blanc, to the indigenous classics like Grillo, Fiano and Carricante. Our tasters enjoyed the combination of naturally ripe fruit and sea breeze-inspired acidity, and there were even signs that they felt that the more expensive wines were starting to deliver, too, which is a heartening development.

FOOTNOTE: Includes wines from Campania, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Sicily & Sardinia.

From the Tasting Teams
 

‘Fiano, Insolia and Cattarato are wines with varietal character that deliver real affordability and pleasant, even interesting, drinking at the entry level, but are increasingly showing their mettle with some good quality wines.’ Martin Lam, team leader

‘While we don’t really deal with Italian wines I could definitely place these on the list, I am a big fan of Fiano and Greco and they make lovely food wines.’ William Sheard, Donostia Restaurants

‘I think southern Italian wines are definitely growing in popularity. Many people will like these. They have structure and acidity.’ Gareth Ferreira, Launceston Place

Award winners

Found 16 wines

Italy: South – White, including Sicily & Sardinia

San Marzano, Estella, Moscato Salento 2014, Puglia, Italy

Gold medal winner

With its perfumed, Muscatty nose, full of acacia and jasmine, coupled with medium acidity, juicy apple spice and perky finish, it's perhaps no wonder Estella was the one to conquer the Thai Green Curry Food Match challenge. Sandro Lyhs of Oxo Tower Bar found it ‘vibrant and very approachable’, with team leader Annette Scarfe MW expanding: ‘Sweet, floral honeysuckle notes, with a creamy textured mid-palate.’ Seafood, too, would be a top match.

£7.45 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Rapitalà, Grand Cru, Chardonnay 2013, Sicily, Italy

Gold medal winner

'Singing,' said Roger Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn of this Sicilian Gold winner, adding: 'Delicate, clean oak, toasty full wine. Lovely ripe stone fruit lingers on the palate, giving a luxury taste and good value. Some butterscotch notes too.' 'There's a great texture, with creamy bright fruit and lively minerality,' added team leader, Jade Koch. 'Great with spicy food, such as tandoori lobster,' added Jones.

£17.30 Matthew Clark

San Marzano, Estella, Fiano Salento 2014, Puglia, Italy

Silver medal winner

Diego Muntoni of Oxo Tower Restaurant enjoyed this wine's 'orange blossom, fresh almond, stone fruit and juicy acidity', with team leader Natasha Hughes MW adding: 'Very aromatic, brisk and intense.'

£7.45 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Zabù, Grillo 2014, Sicily, Italy

Silver medal winner

Roger Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn found a range of fruit characteristics in this wine: 'Delicate pear aromas, then ripe pear in the mouth, with quince, apple and crab apple. Clean, refreshing and long, with good acidity and nice mouthfeel. Lingering.'

£6.20 Liberty Wines

Terrazze dell'Etna, Ciuri, Vino Bianco 2013, Sicily, Italy

Silver medal winner

With its enticing texture and well-focused acidity, team leader Martin Lam commented that this wine from Etna's slopes had a palate reminiscent of the Maconnais, while Yves Desmaris MS of Lutyens added: 'Good style, honeyed with some freshness and elegance.'

£13.00 Liberty Wines

San Marzano, Il Pumo, Sauvignon/Malvasia Salento 2014, Puglia, Italy

Silver medal winner

Fresh fruit to the fore, with Sandro Lyhs of Oxo Tower Bar noting: ‘Aromatic, soft, ripe flavours of peach, ripe apple with good acidity and lychee.’ ‘Stone fruit, peach, apricot, floral and pear drop notes,’ confirmed William Sheard of Donostia Restaurants.

£7.01 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Tasca, Tascante, Buonora, Carricante 2013, Sicily, Italy

Silver medal winner

'Bright and fresh, nutty yet elegant and clean,' said Roger Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, adding: 'Precise, evolves on the palate, with juicy white peaches.' 'Honeyed nose with melon fruit and good concentration,' added team leader Martin Lam.

£13.50 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Mesa, Opale, Vermentino di Sardegna 2013, Sardinia, Italy

Silver medal winner

'Good style, honeyed, with some nice freshness and elegance,' said Yves Desmaris MS of Lutyens about Mesa's well-balanced version of Sardinia's white calling card, Vermentino. Team leader Martin Lam added: 'Nice ripe fruit, serious, evolved palate.'

£14.50 Liberty Wines

Feudi di San Gregorio, Cutizzi, Greco di Tufo 2013, Campania, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Apricot and peach fruit with notes of mandarin and white flowers. Good intensity, with acidity adding structure,’ commented William Sheard of Donostia Restaurants, with team leader Annette Scarfe MW noting the wine’s ‘attractive, zesty lime and lemon’ character.

£12.96 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Farnese, Vesevo, Greco di Tufo 2014, Campania, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Winter pear, quince jam, chalk-like mineral with lime-zest acidity,' began Diego Muntoni of Oxo Tower Restaurant, with Gareth Ferreira of Launceston Place adding: 'Complex palate with banana, pineapple and melon notes, with a tartness on the finish.'

£10.30 Liberty Wines

Spadafora, Altopiano, Greco 2013, Calabria, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.25 Eurowines

Parpinello, Sessantaquattro, Vermentino di Sardinia 2013, Sardinia, Italy

Commended medal winner

Planeta, Chardonnay 2012, Sicily, Italy

Commended medal winner

£17.53 Enotria&Coe

Settesoli, Santannella, Mandrarossa 2013, Sicily, Italy

Commended medal winner

£12.65 Enotria&Coe

San Marzano, Falò, Verdeca 2014, Puglia , Italy

Commended medal winner

Tasca, Vigna San Francesco, Chardonnay 2012, Sicily, Italy

Commended medal winner

 

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