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Special Feature: Sicilian Wines Seduce Indian Connoisseurs

Posted: Friday, 27 January 2012 13:42

Tassting Notes

1.  Milazzo Spumante Metodo Classico G.Milazzo

Grapes: Insolia and Chardonnay

Alc: 12.5 %

Tasting Notes: Light yellow colour with shades of green. Rich bouquet, fruity and full flavour on the palate. Crisp, fresh and refreshing. Serve at 8° C.

Food Match: Ideal as an aperitif, with fish or light foods, snacks and soups

2. Grillo Sicilia IGP 2010 Castel Venus

Grapes: 100% Grillo (in purezza)  

Alc: 13.0 %

Tasting Notes: Light yellow colour with amber shades, citrus aromas, peaches and ripe fruits, fresh and fruity flavours, pleasant on the palate, relatively simple wine. To be drunk young- within 2-3 years.

Food Match: Entry level wine with a yield of 9.5 tons/hA. Nice aperitif wines with fresh acidity, that can be enjoyed on its own, salads or light snacks. Drink chilled at 8-10°C.

3. Coste al Vento Grillo Sicilia IGT 2010 Cantine Barbera

Grapes: 100% Grillo 

Alc: 12.5 %

Tasting Notes: Bright  straw colour. Fruity aromas of ripe white fruit and tropical perfumes. 
 of fresh pineapple and grapefruit with a dash of herbs in he back layer. There is also a touch of minerality on the back of fruity flavour. Spicy after-taste. Serve at 10-12° C

Food Match: Fish, cheese fondue and white meats like chicken without thick sauces.

4.  Kore Grillo Sicilia IGP  2010 Colomba Bianca

Grapes: 100% Grillo

  Alc:  13.0 %

Tasting Notes:  Light golden colour with tropical fruit aromas, light bodied easy drinking fruity wine with fairly crisp flavour. A touch of sweetness makes it pleasurable for Indian palate. Quaffable wine with medium length. Serve chilled at 8-10°C

Food Match: Nice aperitif wine with fresh acidity, that can be enjoyed on its own, with salads or light snacks. Drink chilled at 8-10°C

5. Fondo Filara Etna Bianco DOC 2010 Cantine Nicosia

Grapes: Carricante and Catarratto    

Alc: 13.0 %

Tasting Notes: Brilliant straw yellow in colour. Zingy citrus nose with shades of apple; Full of minerals on the palate. Fresh and leafy with good acidity and taste of juicy apples. The end is also juicy makes you salivate and beckons for more. Fairly long and persistent after taste. Serve at 10-12°C

Food Match: Pasta, mushroom risotto, steamed or baked fish with squeezed lemon, Amritsari or fish kebabs, tandoori chicken, Can also be enjoyed with appetizers. Although can age for a couple of years, drinking well right now.

6.  Rampante DOC Etna Bianco 2009 Cantine Russo

Grapes: Carricante (70%), Catarratto (30%)  

Alc: 12.5 %

Tasting Notes- Straw yellow colour with shades of green. Very aromatic and mineral aromas with citrus notes that carry into the flavours in the wine that screams its Etnic roots of an active volcano. Intense exotic fresh and juicy fruits on the palate, Persistent flavours which are quite balanced and harmonious. Serve at 10-12°C.

Food Match: Pasta, mushroom risotto, steamed or baked fish with squeezed lemon, Amritsari  fish or kebabs, tandoori chicken, can also be enjoyed with appetizers. Although can age for 3-5 years, drinking well right now

7.  Rosado di Nero d’Avola Sicilia IGP 2010 Castel Venus

Grape: Nero d’Avola 

Alc: 13.0 %

Tasting Notes-  Brilliant pink colour, floral and fruity aromas of berries, light bodied wine with soft tannins, refreshing and crisp, clean and simple quaffable wine that can be an ideal aperitif for summertime.

Food Match- Can be drunk on its own or with snacks, pasta and pizzas-especially pepperoni, salami or mushroom variants.

8. Frappato Sicilia IGT 2010 Feudo di Santa Teresa

Grapes: 100% Frappato

   Alc: 12.5 %

Tasting Notes: Medium concentrated crimson colour. The lightness of colour is inherent of the grape. Slightly herbal and leafy character with blueberry and cherry nose. Lively berry fruits on the palate with just a touch of tannins. Beaujolais style light, fresh and fruity wines-not very complex.  Should be served slightly cool.13% alc. Serve at 12-14°C

Food Match: It shows an enormous compatibility with food, from vegetables to meat and even fish dishes. Would be an excellent wine for Indian vegetarians who like red wine, especially in summer because of the light texture and cooler serving temperature required.

9. Fondo Filara Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG 2009 Cantine Nicosia

Grapes: Nero d’Avola, Frappato    

  Alc:13.5  % 

Tasting Notes: Dark cherry-red colour  with a rich aromatic profile that has hints of red fruit. On the palate it feels warm, full-bodied and smooth taste of black cherries, plums and shades of spices. Persistent in the back palate with a longish finish.  

Food Pairings: Excellent accompaniment for roasted and grilled meats, small game, vegetarians would love it with eggplant . Try with sharp and seasoned cheeses

10. Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG Classico 2008 Valle dell’Acate

Grapes: 70% Nero d’Avola, 30% Frappato   

Alc: 13.5  %

Tasting Notes: Much fruitier wine than a Nero d'Avola in purezza. This dark coloured wine brims with cherry fruit with hints of smoke and black pepper. Medium to full bodied wine that is lighter on its feet. Ruby red colour. Scent of ripe berries with notes of soft spices. Well structured. Fresh on the palate with ripe tannins and good acidity and balance. Full and silky on the palate. Serve at 16°C.

Food Match: Perfect with elaborate meat dishes, tandoori, Hungarian goulash, meat stew (ishtoo!) from Kolkata or Kerala if not too chili hot, hard seasoned cheeses. 

11.   Nero d’Avola Sicilia IGP 2010 Castel Venus

Grapes: Nero d’Avola    

  Alc: 14.0 %

Tasting Notes: Ruby red. Aromas of forest fruits with notes of cherries and prune that carry into the flavours. Soft and velvety on the palate with persistent flavours. Medium body wine to be drunk young, but will last 3-5 years. Serve slightly cool.

Food Match: Try with pasta, risotto, tandoori seekh kebabs. Serve at 16°C.

12.  Cartagho Nero d’Avola IGT 2008 Mandrarossa (Settesoli)

Grape: 100% Nero d’Avola

Alc: 14.0 %

Tasting Notes: Bright clear ruby red with purple hues. The nose has cherry, apple, plum and vanilla bouquet with black pepper in the back layer. Succulent plum and blackberry flavours on the palate. The appealing wine has soft and ripe tannins, nice balance and long after- taste. Will age for a couple of years. Serve at 18°C.

Food Match: The wine has ripe tannins and is robust enough to pair well with red meats, but it is juicy and full enough to be drunk on its own.

13.  Don Antonio Nero d’Avola IGT Sicilia 2008 Morgante

Grapes:  100% Nero d’Avola  

Alc: 15.0 %

Tasting Notes: Dark ruby red with purple tones. Apple aromas of ripe cherries and sweet spices with roses in one layer. Attractive bright fruit, with licorice and blueberry.Medium to full-bodied powerful wine with fine tannins, silky texture and a clean and long finish. Persistent till the last drop, it’s delicious. Serve at 16-18°C

Food match: Hard seasoned cheeses, roast lamb,

14.   Rosso del Conte Contea di Sclafani DOC 2006 Tasca d’Almerita

Grapes: Nero d’Avola 

Alc: 14.0 %

Tasting Notes- Brilliant ruby colour wine with intense bouquet of spices. Liquorice and slightly fruity on the nose. Very elegant wines with harmonic notes and well balanced tannins. Very fresh and delicious wine with smooth texture and a very long finish. Serve at 18° C

Food Match: Roast lamb, sikandari raan, serious and opulent wine for red meats even with rich sauces.

15.   Moscato Della Torre Bianco Moscato di Noto DOC Marabino

Grapes: Moscato di Noto 

Alc: 12 %

Tasting Notes: Brilliant golden colour. The freshness and depth have a brilliant dialogue. It possesses a degree of detail and length, unforeseen, in often   sticky, Italian desert wines. Dried figs, candied fruit, orange blossoms, and the salty-sweet play of apricots and almonds in the flavour with balanced acidity. Complex wine with persistent taste in the mouth.

Food Match: After the meal alone or with one of Sicily’s countless amazing pastries. It should go well with Indian pastries and desserts like gulab jamun.

16.   Passito di Pantelleria DOC 2007 Abraxas

Grapes: Zibibbo (Muscat of Alexandria)  

Alc: 14.5 %

Tasting Notes: The extracted liquid impresses with the sheer power of its sweetness and richness which even enhances the texture of the wine. Its power and acidic vitality and vibrancy further enhance its lavish body of fruit nectar.

Food Match: After the meal alone or with one of Sicily’s countless amazing pastries. It should go well with Indian pastries and desserts like gulab jamun as well.



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