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 2014 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 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
"A blend of Grillo, Catarratto and Chardonnay, the 2014 Piano Maltese opens to a light gold color and pretty luminosity. This is a very well executed white wine with a generous bouquet of honeysuckle, pear and a touch of natural rubber that you sometimes get with the indigenous Sicilian grapes present in the blend. I particularly like the way the wine tastes in the mouth: It offers generous richness and silkiness without feeling heavy."
Score: 87 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
"Clean and crisp, this light- to medium-bodied white is chalky in texture, offering a well-knit palate of green melon, nectarine and grated ginger notes, with an aromatic hint of spring forest on the moderate finish. Grillo, Catarratto and Chardonnay. Drink now through 2018."
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