Lamoresca Bianco 2020
A beautiful expression of Vermentino from bush vines planted over clay and limestone some 430 metres above sea level. The grapes were fermented on the skins for two days, before being pressed off to old wooden casks for a year of rest. Compact and powerful, it is all Sicilian almonds, sea salt and spice and screams for a beautiful fish off the grill.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
Filippo Rizzo’s vines are right in the middle of nowhere, on a raised patch of rolling hills in Sicily’s interior, with the only reference point being the smouldering peak of Etna peering over the hills.
They total five hectares and are up to 60 years old, planted over a mix of sand and clay at an elevation of 430 metres above sea level. There are rather dramatic differences in temperature between day and night, a real boon in this typically Mediterranean climate.
Filippo is wary of dogma and simply seeks to make the best wine that each vintage allows. Grapes are only picked when completely ripe and the wines offer complexity, density and balance.
Vineyard work is organic and the approach to winemaking is restrained, considered and practical, with the aim to provide characterful expressions of Sicily’s native grapes.