Cortese Vanedda Bianco
PRODUCER: Girelli is a big believer in organics, but he said that his first foray into organic farming methods caused consternation in the community. Girelli’s team took over the Cortese estate in 2016, initially planning to use its grapes to increase production for Santa Tresa. ‘But the first harvest quickly showed them that the grapes were totally different. The result is two ranges of wine. Top-end La Selezione is made from the estate’s oldest vines and includes the white Vanedda, a field blend of Cataratto and Grillo.
WINEMAKING: The grapes are carefully hand-harvested into small baskets and only the best quality are selected to make Vanedda. The baskets of grapes are refrigerated at 10°C for around 24 hours. The wine is vinified with great care. First the grapes are carefully de-stemmed and fermented on the skins for at least 2 days. Then they separate the wine from the skins and finish the fermentation in 30hl oak barrels.
Following fermentation, the wine stays on the lees for at least 7 months and remains in bottle for a further 6 months before being released on to the market.
Vanedda has a very limited production – in 2016 they produced only 3200 bottles and in 2017 around 10,000.
TASTING NOTE: A surprising and serious style from Sicily that's reminiscent of a southern Chablis. Intensely golden in colour, which comes from the skin contact and ageing in large oak barrels. The prominent bouquet has notes of coconut and tropical fruit, with an undercurrent of gentle spices. On the palate, there is a richness, balanced by well-integrated acidity. Excellent structure and length.