2018 Planeta Rose, Sicily, Italy
Grapes - 50% Nero d'Avola & 50% Syrah
Region - Dispensa, Sicily, Italy
What it tastes like - The delicate colour of Rosé reminds us of the elegance of a prima ballerina. Floral notes such as that of hibiscus and rose hip encounter hints of wild strawberries, blackberries and honeymelon. Lively and fresh in the mouth, memories of meringue, and recollects the pale flesh of peaches.
Winemaking - Similar to that of a white wine: destalking and sent to soft pressing for a brief maceration of 1-2 hours to achieve a perfect extraction of colour; the must thus obtained, after decanting, is transferred and fermented at 15°C in stainless steel vats. The vineyards are a mix of chalk and limestone at around 80m altitude.
Producer - For five centuries and seventeen generations, the Planeta family has been involved in the Sicilian agricultural sector. Their work on the island has contributed to the revitalization of Sicilian winemaking, now one of the most dynamic and sought-after viticultural regions in the world. Planeta’s journey begins at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate owned by the family since the 1600s. Here on Italy's most enchanting island, three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta, under the guidance of Diego Planeta, began their winemaking venture in the mid-1980s. Subsequent years were spent matching the extraordinarily diverse Sicilian soils with both indigenous and international varieties. Years of careful research paid off when the Planeta wines were met with immediate critical acclaim upon introduction in the U.S. in the late 1990s.
Planeta’s six boutique wineries include: Ulmo at Sambuca di Sicilia, Dispensa at Menfi, Dorilli at Vittoria, Buonivini at Noto, Sciara Nuova on Etna at Castiglione di Sicilia, and the newest addition, La Baronia at Capo Milazzo. Each vineyard site is carefully cultivated with grapes that best compliment the local terroir.
Santi, daughter of Diego Planeta, leads the international marketing and sales component of the wineries. Alessio, the head winemaker and viticulturist since 1996, has been instrumental in identifying the best grape varieties for the diverse Sicilian soils. Santi leads as head of sales for the European market and spearheads the marketing initiatives for the wineries. Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta established the company and their comprehensive winemaking approach, but the whole family is with them, rooted in Sicilian agriculture for generations. They are a family and a company of ambitious aims, following strict principles of quality, a rigorous respect for the environment and social responsibility.