|GRAPE VARIETIES||100% Moscato Bianco|
|FIRST YEAR OF PRODUCTION
|NAME OF PLANTING OF WINEYARD
|ALTITUDE||60 m. a. s. l.
|YIELD PER HECTARE
||5 tonnes; 1,1 Kg. per vine|
||Vertical trellis and spur pruned cordon|
||25th of August, followed by 40 days overmaturation|
|VINIFICATION||Static decanting of the must after de-stemming and soft pressing. Inoculation with selected yeast over the clear, fermentation and aging in stainless|
||stainless steel tanks
||15 ° C for 15 days, then up 20 °C|
|DURATION OF FERMENTATION
||First half of March
||As for all sweet wines, time is beneficial.|
||calcareous limestone soil, plenty of small size stones; fine texture with fraction of light coloured clay.|
|COLOUR||bright golden yellow
|NOSE||full of dried apricots, mango, orange peel, medlar, dates, pistachio creamâ€¨and vanilla. Citrus marmalades. The fruity look is fused with aroma of Darjeeling tea, flowers of mimosa and orange blossom, ginger, sesame. A set that recalls all the perfume of Sicilian pastry|
|PALATE||sweetness is imposed with grace on the alcoholic components. The wine flows creamy, dense, almost with difficulty. The acidity enlivens it in a sumptuous and very long finish of mouth
||Desserts, dried fruit, mature cheeses
||Cakes made by nuns, trionfo di gola (cakes of sponge, candied fruit, custard and nuts), baked ricotta, citrus jellies, cannoli with ricotta, torrone (nougat) with sesame seeds|
|PLANETA HOME- MADE DISHES
||Zia Marinaâ€™s Sicilian cassata, orange granita, baked ricotta tart|
|LA FORESTERIA DISHES
||ova murino (almond and cacao crepe with milk cream), chocolate ice cream, salt and Planeta olive oil white chocolate and truffle ice cream, passito di Noto and apricots sauce|
More rain than usual invigorated part of the harvest, resulting in whites with much fruit and structure.
Muscat of the World 2004 - Muscats Du Monde: "Silver Medal"
Cold wet winter and spring were a perfect preparation for the vines, harvest began 15 days late with cool temperate weather.Very fresh whites.
Enogea II ed. 88 point D. Bere Dolce Italia 2005 "Cinque Sfere". Bere Dolce 2006: Cinque Sfere, Vino dell'Emozione "Moscato di Noto 2004 Planeta". DuemilaVini 2006 A.I.S.: 4 Grappoli I Vini Buoni D'Italia 2006: 3 Stars. Decanter World Wine Awards 2006: SILVER. Wine Spectator -May 2006-New Releases:Italy 93 pt.
Abundant spring and winter rain perfectly prepared the vineyards for summer and autumn ripening. The surprisingly fresh and cool temperatures of July, August and September achieved the rest, with the grapes arriving at the winery in perfect condition.
Best 100 della Guida D'Agata & Comparini ai Migliori Vini d'Italia 2007 " Best 100". Decanter 2007: Medaglia d'Oro.
A rainy late-autumn and low temperatures, though not excessively so, have laid strong basis to a good vintage . The vines were able to rest in well-soaked soil. After a rainy winter the spring was particularly cool and dry. A mild summer provided for excellent ripening of both white and red grapes. The 2006 vintage has been excellent with regard to the quality of the grapes. The grapes are sound, the yield generally about 10% down, though 20% lower for Merlot, Nero d'Avola and Frappato.This vintage can be described as luminous and sunny. All the sun-loving varieties such as Syrah and Nero d'Avola are of extraordinary richness. The whites are rich, creamy, and well-defined by type of grape.
Muscats du Monde 2008: Moscato di Noto Doc 2006: Medaglia d'Argento.THIS ISSUE'S REVIEWS, December 11, 2007 Issue: 90 pt.Wine Enthusiast Magazine,February 2008: 92 pt - www.wineanorak.com "February 2009": 91/100
A brief description of the weather preceding the 2007 harvest is essential. We were cheered in 2006 by an autumn finishing with good October rain that prepared the vines well for their autumn and winter rest. A relatively mild winter followed with temperatures that were never very low and a lower than average rainfall. A weather pattern that coincided with the rest of Italy, with the difference that mild winters are the norm in our area. This winter did make us fear for the summer reserves of water, but then in spring an unusually plentiful rainfall covered the whole of our region until the beginning of May. This is why in Sicily we had no expectations of an early vintage but, until mid-July, we were thinking rather of a late vintage. From July onwards, the most important time for deciding quality, the weather was particularly propitious. After two short but intense heatwaves, typical for the period from 20th July to 15th August, it stayed fine, temperatures stabilized, and persistent high pressure presented us with a vintage with no rainfall the first slight shower arrived on 25th September! and with amazing maturation. For those who enjoy comparisons, in our reckoning the recent years most similar to 2007, in Sicily, are 1997 and 2001.
I Vini d'Italia 2009 (Le Guide de L'Espresso): 16.5/20 - Vini Buoni d'Italia (Touring Club): 4 stars - I Vini Veronelli 2009 (Veronelli Editore): 3 stars - Passiti d'Italia 2009 (Cucina e Vini): 5 sfere - Decanter World Wine Awards 2009: Silver Medal - Wine Enthusiast "December 2008": 92 pt - Falstaff "Sept/Oct 2009": 93 pt - www.wineanorak.com "February 2009": 91/100
The 2008 vintage ended on Saturday, 4th October. Late in autumn and during winter 2008, rains were just below standard; temperatures, instead, were within seasonal average. Spring confirmed what had happened previously, no abundant rains; the last one, at the end of April, was decisive for the quality of grapes. Therefore, grapes had a fresh and dry climate all the way to the harvesting, without any excessive heat, but with ideal temperatures for ripening. grapes were absolutely wholesome, and did not need to undergo any phytosanitary defence interventions. The result was a superb vintage, the indigenous varieties are absolutely excellent. White wines thanks to the lack of thermal excesses are full-bodied and well balanced and perfectly aromatic. Grecanico wine is particularly excellent, just as the early varieties Chardonnay and Viogner. Fiano wine will get back to its highest quality, such as the 2001 vintage.
Muscats du Monde 2008: Bronze Medal - III Sweet Wine International Competition "Gran Palio della Signoria dei Bentivoglio": 5 Crown - 17° Concours Mondial de Bruxelles: Gold Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards: Bronze Medal - Wine Enthusiast "December 2010": 92 pt
The seasonal pattern showed a fall and a cold winter and little rain, while the spring period was characterized by heavy rains even in the pre-summer. The vineyard went into the summer and maturation in perfect health. The average summer temperatures has been excellent: pleasantly cool, regular, without peaks of heat, never above the seasonal average. Balanced solar radiation. The harvest began with a delay of about 10-14 days (August 17). Temperatures have increased markedly since August 20, while maintaining the proper level of humidity and avoiding dehydration and concentration of the fruit. Harvesting grecanico ended the last days of September.
The climatic conditions prevailing during the 2010 harvest were particularly favourable. In 2009 the autumn finished with abundant rainfall, ideal for setting the vines to rest. The winter had normal temperatures and not too much rain. The spring was also average, with rain at the end. The summer began with cooler temperatures until the middle of August, when the temperature then rose to assist perfect ripening. Around 20th September rain assisted the harvest at Vittoria. On the other hand the beginning of summer on Etna was fairly dry but the rains at the end of September were useful and prolonged the harvest until 21st October. Might 2010 be one of the best vintages out of the previous ten? It is early to say but it is certainly a super vintag.
I Vini di Veronelli 2013 - Super Tre Stelle
November 8, after 92 days, we harvested the last of the 2011 grapes. Never in the past did we register such a long period of time between the beginning of the vintage (Chardonnay) in Menfi on August 9 and its end (Carricante) in Sciara Nuova on Mount Etna. This is utterly extraordinary. We believe that very few (if one!) grape producing areas worldwide can tell of a three-month harvest period, lasting from one season until well into the next. And very few (if one!) grape growers will work an area boasting so many different microclimates, each of them unique. An adventure which started in high summer with the rich and supple Chardonnay variety and ended in late autumnwith the mineral white Etna grapes.
The climatic indicators of 2011 had forecast, on a global level, a classic winter with precipitations below average, which after the last few winters with their copious rainfalls had us a little worried. But then in the spring the situation changed; copious rain fell even relatively late in the season and prepared the vineyards to perfection. The summer was hot without being excessively so, and the grapes were able to ripen without a flaw.
The 2011 vintage yielded perfectly healthy grapes, if in noticeably diminished quantities. Indeed quantity as well as size of the harvested fruit was reduced by 15 percent on the average, which means also a decrease in total weight. In any case this resulted in an exceptionally high overall quality, especially of the red grapes which profited greatly by this natural and thus perfect thinning out. The temperatures stayed in the average range and, more importantly, showed no heat spikes. Both September and October were mild, and sporadic rainfalls at the end of the season accomplished the vintage.
Vittoria and Noto: the long period without rainfalls, which caused the harvest to start early, also allowed the autochthonous Sicilian varieties to ripen perfectly; the Cerasuolo di Vittoria will excel with a very intense fragrance and show a stronger than usual colour. In Noto the vintage was a celebration of Muscat and Nero d’Avola fragrances, both of which show a perfect balance.
JamesSuckling.com - 90 points