Ciello, Bianco 2020
Lightly cloudy with vibrant summer fruit character. A great in-between for white and skin contact styles. Fruit here is picked early, freshness is the target... bullseye! Quincey, stone-fruitey, textural, acidic. Honesty, what more do you want?
This wine may contain sediment and be cloudy. It will settle on the bottom of the bottle if left upright and in the fridge before serving.
Cantine Rallo, the producer of the Ciello range, are amongst the forefront of the low-intervention, naturally produced and incredible value wine movement emanating from Sicily at the moment. A lovely intro into the world of orange and natural wines. Lightly hazy Cataratto from Sicily showing oodles of tropical and Mediterranean fruit character with a touch of grip on the palate. Great value and more importantly, interesting drinking.
Region/Country: Sicily, Italy
Production Method: Organic. Light skin contact prior to fermentation in stainless steel.
Style: Natural orange wine with slight haze. Lovely texture.
Pairing Suggestion: Seafood, vegetable dishes
Profile: Sicily's most important white variety, Catarratto is actually the most widely planted variety in Italy following Sangiovese (although much of this is for bulk production). In the hands of a great producer it can produce lovely, textured wines full of lemon citrus character and salty freshness. Often producers will use skin-contact as a way of extracting more intensity and complexity from the grape.
Classic Regions: Sicily (Italy)
Cantine Rallo was founded in Marsala, on the westernmost promontory of Sicily, and is a successful integration between nature, technology and tradition. The majority of wines are produced with grapes from the estate's own vineyards.