Piano Maltese Terre Siciliane I.G.T. 2007

Tenuta Rapitala

Grillo and Cataratto grapes give this wine fresh Mediterranean scents and a savory, elegant flavor with a typical hint of bitter almonds. Piano Maltese is born at the heart of Tenuta Rapitalà, on gentle hills at 1200 feet above seal level.

Terroir: Selected parcels of vines located at 1200 feet above sea level are trained by the Guyot system on clay soil with limited yields of 32 quintals per acre.

Vinification: The grapes are harvested and vinified separately. The Grillo is harvested at the end of August, and the Catarratto is picked in the middle of September. The same vinification method is used for both varietals: crushing of the grapes and de-stemming, cooling of the must and gentle pressing is followed by division of the different qualities of the must and cold settling occurs before a slow fermentation. The wines rest on their lees before being blended and bottled in February following the harvest.

Laurent de la Gatinais discusses Piano Maltese

Additional Information

The wine shows expressive, fruity aromas and elegant flavors on the palate. It is a wine with a fresh Mediterranean character, with savory, elegant flavors and a note of bitter almonds.

Recent Press

  • Wine Image Wine Enthusiast Author: Other
    Date: Sunday, February 1, 2009

    Piano Maltese is a fragrant and floral blend of Grillo and Catarratto with pretty notes of jasmine, honeysuckle and essence of peach blossom. The wine has a buoyant, vibrant personality and crisp freshness and long peach flavors.

    Grade: BEST BUY
  • Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: Kim Marcus
    Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2008

    Crisp, clean and fruity with lots of lemon and apple character, a medium body and a lovely finish.

    Grade: Europe's Best Values

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