Graci is 25 hectare of native Sicilian vines on the slopes of Mt Etna. The vines are tended organically by Alberto Graci, who was an investment banker in Milan. Until he inherited his grandfather’s Sicilian estate. Drawn to the active volcano he sold this estate to fund the purchase of his two current plots on Mt Etna. Low intervention but ultimately finely crafted wines. They are outstanding quality.
This is a great release. Mineral, brine, white peach, creamy with some apricot, and almond. The richness and silk on the palate are evident from the moment it hits your palate. The flavours find every corner of your mouth to touch and thrill. It is mid-weight and with perfect balance. This is a great wine, a wine for lovers of Chardonnay/Chablis/White Burgundy and those who love savoury, texture driven Italian whites. Or really anyone who loves to drink great wine.
In a constant tussle with Puglia to win the title of largest volume produced each year, the wines of Sicily are as varied as its history. Delicate whites, full-bodied reds and of course Marsala show the variation in climate and abilities of the various regions within the Island.
Is the main white on Mt Etna and for good reason. High acid, moderate aromatic intensity, citrus flavours and able to transmit the mineral character of the soils. Oak aging and lees stirring add more complexity.
Etna DOC Bianco
Must be at least 60% Carricante with the balance Catarratto and up to 15% of Minnella or Trebbiano. Etna is an active volcano and therefore the soils are the most mineral-laden of any wine growing area. The altitude and higher than average precipitation (compared to the rest of Sicily) means these are wines of texture, ripeness and power, but also structure and subtlety.