2019 Elios Modus Bibendi Macerato

Sicily, Italy

Lo-fi, Orange goodness with Cataratto, Zibibbo and Grillo all bringing something to the party. You can almost taste the Sicilian Sunshine.




About The Wine

Macerato takes its name from the maceration on skins of the three key Sicilian varieties: Cataratto, Zibbibo and Grillo. Each variety is planted in a slightly different part of Sicily's North western corner around Alcamo.

Cataratto and Grillo make natural bedfellows, the former bringing bracing acidity and the latter fullness and weight. The clever part of this wine is the addition of Zibibbo to bridge the gap between these two natural opponents and fermentation on skins amplifies the cohesion.

Fresh, waxy, textured and aromatic, this is a complex and contemplative wine but to be honest, you had us at Sicily.

About Elios

What do you get when you cross a computer programmer and an oenologist? Well, in this case, you get Elios, a passion fuelled natural wine project from the stunningly beautiful hills of Alcamo, Sicily.

Guido (the wine one) and Nicola (the computer one) share a love of Natural wine, nature, and a desire to reclaim their families’ agricultural holdings and, to use their words, pull them 'from under the thumb of industrial groups'.

Their vineyards are farmed biodynamically and organically and their winemaking is Natural, they use no additives at any stage.

The wines are as vibrant, energetic, and passionate as the pair themselves and they make a super addition to our Sicilian line up. Fans of skin contact should look out for their stunning Orange number, Macerato.

The Elios boys, Nicola and Guido
The Elios boys, Nicola and Guido
Sicily, Italy
Additional Info

From The Producer

We grow a number of different grape varieties on our agricultural holdings.

Our vineyards, which extend over three macro-areas located around Alcamo up to a maximum distance of 15 km away, have different soils and microclimates, some are close to the sea and others are more inland, and the grapes reflect this diversity.

Some grapes benefit from a perfect balance and deserve to be vinified on their own, such as those from the Camporeale area, while other grapes have their merits but also some shortcomings.

This is where the ability to interpret your terroir and your grapes comes into play; in our case it has given rise to the blend of our Bianco macerato wine, made from Catarratto grapes from the Monreale area (inland) and Grillo and Zibibbo grapes from Alcamo (near the sea).

Blend : Catarratto, Zibibbo, Grillo
ABV : 13.50%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2029
Bottle Size : 750ml

The smile of a man who no longer works in computer programming!
The smile of a man who no longer works in computer programming!
Nicola of Elios

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