Founded in 1995 Planeta comprises of six estates across Sicily. Each estate tends their own vines and makes their own wines allowing them to properly express the terroir of their sites. They use both native and international grapes to make their wines. The quality is uniformly very high added to the fact their wines are generally available so you can always have a taste of Sicily.
A lighter and more subtle expression of Carricante. Mineral, pears, chalky, clean, lemon zest, white peach are evident. There are layers here that slowly evolve. The palate is clean and precise with taut acid that, with the phenolic grip, makes it a dry affair. The palate has good fruit weight and it all melds into one lovely mouthful of Sicilian goodness. This wine is grown on Mt Etna but not classified as an Etna Bianco, perhaps it is the small addition of Riesling? I would not suggest this wine is going to improve greatly with more time in your cellar. I would pair with pork or chicken dishes.
Sicily – 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.
Carricante – 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. Can be oak aged and lees stirred to 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) mean these are wines of texture, ripeness and power, but also structure and subtlety.