2018 Le Casematte
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Unlike much of Italy - 2018 was not really any hotter than is normal in this corner of Sicily explains the charming Gianfranco as we taste this just-bottled Grillo together. There was, however, some rain in August which has reduced the quantity made - but the quality is better than ever. This opens up with a good, clean, fresh feel. There is ping of crisp citrus bite, and a delicious juiciness. A great waxy, concentrated heart of warm lemon and some goose-berry too. Delicious, satisfying Grillo. L&S (Apr 2019)
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Captivating lemon and grapefruit nose. Fine textural grip and spicy, zippy lemon fruit. GV Drinking range: 2020 - 2024 Rating: 16 Walter Speller, www.jancisrobinson.com(Apr 2020)
There can't be too many wine estates named after WWII gun emplacements, but the three concrete casemattes among the vines designed to protect the Strait of Messina have indeed inspired the name of Le Casematte - "a place where grapevines have supplanted death" they say on their web-site, probably quite profound. Le Casematte was founded in 2008 by former footballer Andrea Barzagli and accountant Gianfranco Sabbatino. The vines are in the north of Sicily, with vineyards rising to 500m above sea-level, and northerly exposures helping to mitigate the southern sun-shine. They are committed to organic farming.
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