Grapes, Catarratto, Pignatello
Serving: chilled (12–14°C)
About: The two native Sicilian grapes are co-harvested and left on their skins in underground amphorae for 7months. A focused blend that shows the qualities of each grape. Florals and deep citrus characteristics from the catarratto with red fruit flavours and savoury herbaceous notes from the pignatello. A complex wine to be savoured.
Gabrio Bini, is based on the island of Pantelleria. 100km SW of Sicily, it is closer to North Africa than it is to mainland Europe. Formerly an architect in Milan, Gabrio moved to the island in 1995 and after many years of research, began producing wine in 2005. Inspired by the ancestral winemaking techniques of Georgia, he macerates his wines in large terracotta amphorae buried beneath the earth. His wines capture the energy of the small volcanic island and have gained a cult following for their ethereal characteristics, originality and sick bottle design.