2022 Occhipinti Santa Margherita SM Grillo

A textural and finely structured Grillo from a high-altitude Sicilian vineyard

Sale price$145.00
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The vineyard from which Arianna Occhipinti sources her Grillo for the Santa Margherita SM sounds like a Mediterranean paradise: situated at 490 metres above sea level and surrounded by pine and oak forests and a multitude of olive trees. The wine it creates shows wonderful balance, citrus, spice, floral and mineral notes, and everything unfurls in the glass as it breathes. A beautiful wine.

Grillo is one of the most popular white grapes on the Italian island of Sicily, which is a cross between Cataratto and Muscat of Alexandria, otherwise known as Zibibbo. You may not know the grape by name but may have tasted it in the fortified wine known as Marsala.

“Some years ago, my passion always growing for white wines and my desire to produce white wine to recount the limestone and the sense of the rock of the Iblei Mounts, I started to search for a place where to plant a new vineyard. In 2016 after some research, I found Santa Margherita, a contrada I fell in love with, at the base at the foot of Chiaramonte Gulfi, an ancient village on the Iblei Mounts. The vineyard, sited at 490 meters on the level of the sea, surrounded by pine forest, oaks and secular olive trees.

The variety? The Grillo. White grape variety, with great personality, very diffused in west Sicily and since last ten years in East Sicily too with historic name of Riddu. Probably it is a cross of Zibibbo and Catarratto. It has a good aromatic intensity, that remind you of typical citrus notes accompanied by spicy vegetal notes and white flowers. It has a good balance between the alcoholic sensation and the acidity, and it is particularly savory. In this way, I would like that this variety be considered an intermediary, a tool available to the terrorir and not the aim. The wine, after a short maceration of 48 hours, ferments spontaneously in concrete and oval Austrian oak barrel, in which it has aged for 12 months.

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Arianna Occhipinti was drawn to wine at the tender age of just sixteen.

It was in her uncle Giusto Occhipinti's cellar that she fell in love with the traditional way of making wine - he is one of the proprietors of legendary Sicilian producer Cos. Her quest to find balance and beauty in the native varieties of her homeland began shortly after.

Her first solo vintage was in 2004, where at the age of just 22 she made her first wine. Since then, she has developed a devout cult following for her pure, fresh, unfettered expressions of Sicilian varieties made from dry-grown, unfertilized vineyards that are farmed without chemicals.

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