Finally we have passed the cold months and weather-wise spring has officially arrived. The temperatures are rising and the sun sets late this also means: It’s white wine season! And what’s better than a light, fruity white wine during these warm evenings?
Founded only in 1995, Planeta quickly became one of Sicily’s most well-known wineries. They own vineyards in five different areas of the island and through rapid expansion they now manage to manufacture 2.000.000 bottles per year. Most recently Planeta opened an estate near Mount Etna but today’s wine, La Segreta Bianco, comes from their La Dispensa estate near Menfi. Roughly 120 hectares of vineyards are planted around La Dispensa and the grape varieties grown there are a mix of national and international ones. Next to La Segreta Bianco Planeta produces four additional wines at La Dispensa.
La Segreta Bianco is a blend of 50% Grecanico, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Fiano and 10% Viognier and after a twelve-day fermentation the wined ages a few months in stainless steel tanks. It is classified as Sicilia IGT. From my experience it’s best consumed within a few years. The wine was named after a forest near Planeta’s Ulmo estate.
In the glass, pale golden-green color. The label listed alcohol by volume was 12.5%.
The bouquet was very intense with pineapple, white peach and honey melon. The nose reminded me of a tropical nonalcoholic cocktail.
In the mouth, La Segreta Bianco was dry, intense, stony with a medium-plus acidity. Light, a bit fruity and overall of good balance. The finish could have been a little longer.
A bottle of 2013 Planeta La Segreta Bianco retails in Munich for around 8€. Pretty good wine for this price. Find the wine on Wine Searcher. I best enjoy La Segreta Bianco as an aperitif. It’s light and fruity and makes you want to drink more. Another reason why I like this white wine is that it shows the true power of the Sicilian territory – it’s suitable for a large amount of grape varieties.
The main reason I decided to post this wine review was to show you, my readers, that it’s totally possible to find light white wines in Sicily. I heard from others and red on many sites that Sicilian white wines tend to be high in alcohol but this is not always true. In fact, not just Planeta but also other wineries like Donnafugata and Cusumano manage to produce white wines that come with an ABV no higher than 13%. So next time you plan to buy a white wine don’t forget about Sicily.
What white wines do you like to drink during spring? Let me know in the comment section below.