Normally I stick to native varieties from regions. However, Rallo La Clarissa Syrah is different. 1. Sicily has always been a bit of a bitsa. It was basically the centre of the world for a while there. And it has been captured more times then you can poke a stick at. And 2. It is seriously delicious wine. Dark fruits, spice, leather. The palate is full but without a lot of tannins. At 4 years of age, the Rallo La Clarissa Syrah is at its peak. .
50 hectares of vines sit in the Alcamo DOC zone of Western Sicily. This estates foundation took place in 1860 and taken over by the current family owners in 1996. The Vesco family modernised the estate and converted to certified organics in the vineyard.
A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or wine maker influence. The Syrah based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.
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.