Sicily, apparently, is an up-and-coming wine region. W.O.W. seems to have caught the vibe and is already discussing another wine from the island. Last week it was Nero d’Avola. This week it’s a fruity white. It’s a bit like autobus – you wait for molto tempo and then due come along together!
La Segreta Bianco 2011 is produced by Planeta. This is a company who has done a lot in recent years to put Sicilian wines on the map. It’s been praised for innovation and has just opened a new winery on the slopes of Mount Etna. La Segreta, in fact, comes from the other side (the west) of the island and is a blend of two native grapes – Grecanico and Fiano; with two international varieties Chardonnay and Viognier.
It’s a deep straw colour in the glass and smells of ripe peaches and honeysuckle. Peach flavours mingle with pineapple hints. The wine has great mineral tang and good acidity…and those flavours go on and on! It is one of those wines which made me give a little squeak of enjoyment when I tried it for the first time.
With all these pronounced aromas and flavours, I somehow thought it would be more alcoholic. In fact it is 12.5%.
I could definitely enjoy a glass of this wine on its own but otherwise with its intense flavours it could deal with more “feisty” food. I’d naughtily like to try it with Friday night fish and chips!
You’ll have to seek this wine out at your local independent wine merchant. It’s worth going on a bit of a hunt. Customers at The Good Wine Shop, where I acquired my bottle, loved this wine when we had it open to taste. Or you can go online and purchase it from the likes of slurp.co.uk or winedirect. You’ll find it costs between £8.50 and £10.