ITALY - New Italian Whites No 1
Winery : various
Benanti 2017 Etna Bianco: One of Sicily's top producers, Benanti's fabulous sites are located high up on the eastern and southern volcanic slopes of Mt Etna. Minerality is assured in this stylish version of indigenous grape carricante. Honey too with lemon curd. Dry.
Casa d'Ambra 2017 Frassitelli: More island action... this time from Ischia, a tiny outcrop in the Bay of Naples. Biancolello is the grape - straw-coloured, fragrant with flowers, almonds. Casa d'Ambra represents 'heroic viticulture' (Jancis Robinson) making use of a monorail to harvest grapes at 600m on the slopes of Monte Epomeo.
Massaretti 2015 Riviera Ligure di Ponente Pigato: From Liguria. Pigato (aka vermentino) is derived from the local dialect word for spotted, alluding to the freckled appearance of the grapes at harvest. Aromatic variety with honeysuckle and nuts. Rich but dry with cleansing finish.