Gaja Idda Etna Bianco 2019
Italy / Sicily
Andy's Tasting Notes
There is an alluring contrast in this wine of minerally elegance, perfectly complimented by rich yet totally refreshing citrus and white peach fruit. Add to this mix a palette of vineyard herbs, mint and maritime saltiness and you know you’re drinking something special. Think Chablis meets dry pinot gris and you’ll be somewhere on the right track.
Proof that great white wine doesn’t have to SHOUT to be heard!
The freshest shellfish or simple white fish fillets would be the perfect accompaniment.
We also stock Gaja Idda Etna Rosso 2017
Price per bottle £30.00
12 in stock
A new joint venture between world famous Barbaresco producer Angelo Gaja and Alberto Graci of Graci on Etna, who have joined forces to produce wines on the slopes of Mount Etna, Sicily.
Angelo Gaja has been intrigued with Mount Etna since his friend, the oenologist Giacomo Tachis, first introduced him to its splendor in the late 90’s. In his mind, the powerful image of the mountain has always remained alive. In 2015, Angelo and Alberto Graci met for the first time, and as they got to better know each other over time, a deep curiosity for their culture and land kept growing, and the desire of working together came naturally. Towards the end of 2016 they decided to form a joint venture naming it Idda meaning ‘SHE’ in the Sicilian dialect. Idda is also the name the locals have given to Mount Etna – the Sicilians attribute a female nature to the mountain: a strict yet generous mother.
They own 20 hectares of vineyards, between 600m and 800m a.s.l., in the villages of Belpasso and Biancavilla. The grape varieties currently planted are Nerello Mascalese and Carricante.
Compared to other regions of Italy, Etna soils are very young—some as young as 1000 years. They are strictly related to the constant volcanic activity and therefore are very complex and vary greatly in terms of depth and texture, even within the same parcel.
Soils are mainly composed of sand (70-80%), well drained but also very fertile, rich in iron and copper and low in limestone. Each vineyard on Etna is grown on land reclaimed from the volcano with great effort, by moving rocks and creating terraces. The sand and ash soil is so light that even mild inclinations would cause it to drift downhill.
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