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Quantico Etna Bianco 2012

From a tiny selection of vineyard in the wonderfully-named hamlet of Linguaglossa on the northern slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily. It’s a blend of the native grape varieties to the tune of 70% carricante, 20% cataratto and 10% grillo. The vineyards are organically tended, and, interestingly, farmed using some unusual methods that include the use of magnetic fields, something I spoke briefly about with Pete Windrim from Krinklewood in the Hunter Valley; curious stuff.  Meanwhile, this wine sees some skin contact during its natural ferment in stainless steel.

If you wanted the definition of tangy, it’s here. Delicious tangy too. It’s super saline in flavours, with a hit of lemon-lime tonic water, some chewy, talc-like mineral tugs and a long, clean finish. Aromas are seaspray, wild mint, briar and green apples, with floral notes chiming in. It’s incredibly, wickedly drinkable, fine and frisky, tending to sour over sweet, but not without bright fruit appeal. Some would say the wine is simple, but texture and joy carry the wine further. Epitomises interesting summer drinking.

Importer: Bibendum

Tasted : DEC14
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $58
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2014 - 2019

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