Alessandro Viola
Alessandro Viola - 2019 Le Mie Catarratto

2019 Le Mie Catarratto

Sicily, Italy 

Alessandro Viola's father was a vine grower, although other than a few bottles of homemade wine he never saw the fruit of his hard work in the vineyard into bottle. From an early age Alessandro was fascinated by grape growing, and after a few vintages of self-teaching he decided to study oenology. During his university studies he steered away from the mechanical side of winemaking that was being taught and decided to study the science. The idea that nothing needed to be added or taken away from the wine if the grapes, soil and winemaking were all working together, became his mantra. This purist mantra – with the utmost respect for natural symbiosis – has guided him ever since, in the vineyard and the winery.

Alessandro's Le Mie is 100% Catarratto – Alessandro's favourite grape – from 30+ year-old vines planted on clay and limestone soil. Fruit was handpicked, then spontaneously fermented without additions or temperature control before being aged for nine months on lees in Chestnut botti. Golden sunshine in colour, it shouts from the glass with wafts of apricot, tropical fruit, honey, flowers and nuts. Round and rich is the palate, steeped in juicy peaches, spiced apricot, fresh hay, cereal and citrus zest. Salty, umami edges makes you salivate. Insanely food friendly, boldly standing up to full-flavoured dishes. Wow.