Fresh and saline with lovely green apple-like acidity and light honeyed, nutty complexity. Exotic in all the right places, with that hint of skinsy tannic grip that we all want here. Year in year out, this is the business.
Wine: COS Rami Bianco
Producer: Azienda Agricola COS
Region/Country: Sicily, Italy
Grape/s: Grecanico, Insolia
Production Method: Organic farming. Spontaneous fermentation in concrete tank. 7-10 days of skin contact. Aged in concrete for 9 months and naturally settled before bottling.
Style: Intensely floral, with lovely orange peel and Mediterranean herbal edge. Saline and savoury texture.
Pairing Suggestion: Seafood, Shellfish
Azienda Agricola COS
The fact that we get to drink Sicilian wine en masse these days is largely thanks to COS. Three school mates pretty much single-handedly put Sicily on the international wine drinking map following a period of full decline. Giambattista Cilia, Cirino Strano, and Giusto Occhipinti (COS is an ancronym of their surnames) settled into their current style of natural, unaltered wines from organic and biodynamically farmed vineyards. They use only wild yeasts, and clay amphorae are a signature of their work. Now tried and tested the wines of COS should be on everyone's list, natural fan or not. They are the real thing.