"Sikele" Bianco

March 08, 2019

A textured white that stands up to strong flavored pairings while maintaining elegance.

Producer: Sikele
Region: Sicily, Italy
Grapes: Grecanico
In Brief
Medium-Full Body, Radiant
Flavors: Buckwheat honey, pickled apple, cedar wood
Pairings: Tin Fish, Nice People

The Story

We have featured Sikele previously, though never their orange wine. After 25 years of Sicilian winemaking experience, Angelo Paternò decided to purchase his own 60 hectares in the southeastern Sicilian province of Siracusa after judging the area to be the best viticulture he’d seen on the whole island. A few years ago, Angelo’s daughters, Marilina and Federica took over the winery while Angelo still assists in the cellar. The sisters put tremendous effort in keeping their operation organic and low-intervention as they have been inspired by natural wine veteran from Mount Etna, Frank Cornelissen.

The Wine

If you can't physically be there, the intensity of the Sicilian sunshine can be best experiencced while sipping their wines. Sikele winery takes their Gracanico grapes (aka Garganaga) and allows 13 hours of maceration on the skins before pressing them. The wine is then vinified in concrete tanks with native yeasts and aged for months in the tanks and another 3 in the bottle. This wine opens with a buckwheat honey and cedar nose, aromas which translate into those flavors on the palate, with herbal and light tobacco aromatics, a balancing acidity, and chestnuts on the finish. The beautiful texture of this is a great "intro" to "orange" wine also known as skin-contact, white wine.

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