Vino di Anna, Palmento Bianco 2019 

Golden orange hue

Textured, pithy, more textural than flavourful.. But very gastronomic and moreish 

Citrus peel, mineral and savoury

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About the Producer

a small family owned domain situated high on the north face of Mt Etna

Anna Martens and Eric Narioo started making wine together on Mount Etna, Sicily in 2008. They created “Vino di Anna” in 2010. They now own several hectares of old vine Nerello Mascalese, which they farm organically. They purchased an old winery and Palmento in 2010 which they have restored. Recently they have extended the winery to bury a series of Georgian qvevri for vinification and maturation. All wines are made with minimal intervention, indigenous yeasts, no additives, no fining or filtering and little or no SO2 additions. A variety of fermentation vessels are used; a traditional Etnean palmento, stainless steel, wood and qvevri.

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  • Grapes

    Made from indigenous Italian white grapes grown together in one vineyard. This is known as a "field blend" and is also commonly found in Douro, Portugal

    Catarratto 50%

    Grecanico Dorato 40%

     The remaining 10% is a mix of Minnella Bianco, Carricante, Insolia and Uva Francese.

  • Region

     

    LOCATION: Etna, Sicily

    Located on the north face of Mount Etna, the soils are black, fertile and rich in minerals. Mount Etna is in constant eruption, often sprinkling the vineyards with fresh cinders. Altitudes of the vineyards range from 760 m –1200 metres.

    Hot days, and cool nights due to altitude

  • Viticulture

    Farmed organically, but not certified

    The terraced vineyards and are farmed organically by hand. The soils are black, decomposed lava soils, except around Linguaglossa, where they are bright red and full of iron. The mineral content is very high giving the wines a distinct minerality and sapidity. Wines are made with minimal intervention, natural yeasts, no additives, no fining or filtering and little or no SO2.

  • Vinification

    The grapes were hand harvested from different old bush vine vineyards over several days during the month of September.  The Catarratto (50% of the blend) was whole bunch pressed immediately and fermented in stainless steel. So too were the mixed cassettes of Minnella Bianco, Carricante and Insolia (approximately 10% of the final blend).  The Grecanico Dorato (40%) was macerated on skins for 8 days and then pressed and blended with the other fermenting musts. The finished wine underwent malolactic fermentation and remained on light lees for 10 months before it was bottled without fining or filtration. 

  • Wine Spec

    Vintage: 2019

    Alcohol: 11.5%

    Name of Producer:

    Anna di Vino

    Name of Wine:

    Palmento Bianco

    Organic

    Vegan

Grilled Fish

Wine & Food Matching Ideas

Summer salads 

Grilled sardines

Sushi Platter

Hard cheese from sheep's milk like Manchego or Pecorino

Tapas Spread including garlic prawns, olives, grilled and marinated artichokes

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Recipe to try

Crab, grapefruit and buckwheat salad by Thomasina Miers

Originally published in The Guardian on 6 May 2016.

I've been making this dish several times a year since discovering it. I find that delicate orange wines go brilliantly with it. The combination of the wine's orange pith texture and savoury flavours compliment the fresh crab and tart grapefruit. 

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