Tornatore - Pietrarizzo Etna Bianco 2018
Tornatore - Pietrarizzo Etna Bianco 2018 (89 TSW)
During Sicilia en Primeur #sep19#siciliaenprimeur our first visit was at Tornatore wines.
We visited the impressive vineyard and enjoyed dinner with a nice selection of their wines.
The wine estate of Tornatore was set up by Francesco Tornatore, who earned his living in telecommunication. It was only in the 21st century that he created a beautiful wine estate in Castiglione di Sicilia, on the north side of Mount Etna on the volcanic soil. Francesco's great-grandfather, however, already planted vineyards in 1865, so that Tornatore can not only boast more than 150 years of experience, but there are also some old vineyards. It was decided to work with the native grape varieties, so Nerrello Mascalese for red and Carricante for white, which are all picked manually.
Sicily is quite warm, but the wines of Tornatore are so high, between 600 and 1000 meters, that a striking freshness and elegance is achieved. That is why the red wines are called the Burgundy of Sicily. The wines are fermented on modern concrete cuves and aged in feeds, so that there is virtually no wood use in the wines. All in all, this results in very precise, elegant, fresh and drinkable wines.
On the picture you see the Pietrarizzo Etna Bianco. Still young but with alot of potential.
In the glass a bright golden yellow color with greenish rim.
On the nose medium+ aromas of smoke, peach, green apple and hints of flowers and herbs.
On the palate dry, medium-bodied with medium acidity and nice balance. Light waxy mouthfeel with a recall of the nose and a medium legth finish with a tiny little sweetness. Would love to try this over two more years.