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.
The 2011 Piano Maltese is yellow-gold in color with a rich fruit driven nose. On the palate it is rich yet fresh with apple, pear, herb and a touch of roasted nut.
Score: 88 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Monica Larner
"Grillo, Catarratto, and Chardonnay are blended together to produce a rich and creamy white wine, with overtones of vanilla, apricot and honey. It is fresh, not at all heavy or flat."
Score: 88 PointsWine Spectator Author: Nathan Wesley
"A medium-bodied white that mixes ripe melon, guava and grapefruit zest with aromatic notes of acacia and spice. Grillo and Catarratto."
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