WOTW: Zibibbo ‘Kore’ Colomba Bianca, Sicily 2015

In a nutshell:

Aromatic and elegant on the palate with just a touch of almond on the finish.

The producer:

Established in 1970, Colomba Bianca is the leading Sicilian grower cooperative and the biggest Italian producer of Organic Wine, with more than 1,000 hectares dedicated to organically farmed vines. Colomba Bianca also has a further 7,500 hectares of vineyards, growing indigenous and international varieties. They engage a philosophy of micro-viticulture and micro-winemaking to ensure ultimate precision, quality and expression of terroir.

The stunning range of single varietal and innovative blends is tailor-made under the watchful eye of head winemaker Mattia Filippi. Dynamic and passionate, the Colomba Bianca is constantly evolving with investments in the vineyards and in the technology of their five specialist wineries. With their sights firmly fixed on the future of Sicilian wine, Colomba Bianca is one of the leading names in organic winemaking in Italy.

The wine:

The Zibibbo grapes were harvested in late August once they had reached the desired level of maturity. They were then softly pressed and the must was clarified at 12°C for 24 hours. Fermentation then took place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of 15°C with selected yeasts, to preserve and retain the aromatic profile Zibibbo.

Zibibbo is the Sicilian name for Muscat d’Alexandria which is different from Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains or Moscato Bianco. In Sicily it is best-known for producing Moscato di Pantelleria but is also used to make dry, aromatic whites that pair excellently with seafood.

Tasting note:

A sensational white wine with vibrant aromas of white peach, sun-ripened citrus and perfumed notes of orange blossom and delicate jasmine.

 

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