Grapes, Pignatello, Nero d'Avola
Serving: chilled (12–14°C)
About: Nino Barraco makes his wines in Marsala on the West coast of Sicily, in the style of his great grandfather, before the British made the fortified, solera aged Marsala wines popular. Here he is focussing on indigenous varietals, vinified to make light, mineral whites and reds that show unparalleled sense of place. One of our favourites is his Biancammare. Grillo growing in the sand dunes right on the coast of the Meditteranean, there is a sea breeze in every sip of this incredible wine.
Nino took over his family’s vineyards in 2004 and from the outset he has worked organically, focussing on the native grapes of his Western Sicily and single vineyard wines, hoping to show others the potential he sees in the region he calls home.
His remote vineyards are spread out up and down the coast and Nino works as hard as any grower we have met, constantly driving his beat up Fiat through the sand dunes to check on his plants. In the cantina his aim is simply to guide the wine from vineyard to glass.
Mostly Pignatello, with a touch of Nero d’Avola from vines planted over sandy soils not so far from the Mediterranean. The grapes were destemmed and fermented on the skins for three months, before a year of ageing in vat. This is incredibly light on its feet, with gentle notes of dark fruit, sea salt and brine.