Terrale Classic Catarratto Chardonnay 2013

Terrale Classic Catarratto Chardonnay 2013

A golden coloured Catarratto-Chardonnay blend with lingering aromas of ripe fruit and subtle citrus undertones. The soft nectarine fruit flavours on the palate are balanced by a vibrant acidity.
Terre Siciliane IGP
Mediterranean Domains & Estates
Nero d'Avola-Merlot
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Sicily region of Italy

Sicilian wine has improved hugely in recent years. The reason for this success is the steady transformation from being a workhouse region that churns out hot, over-baked wines into an island that focuses more on native varieties as well as investing time and money into ensuring the right grape is planted in the right location.

This is not an easy task, for the island is a mish-mash of soils and climates, the latter of which can be anything from scorching hot to breezy cool in the mountainous area of the north east. Despite the differences in temperature, everywhere in Sicily is dry, so vine disease is not a problem.

Sicily’s best known red variety is its native Nero d’Avola, a rich and intensely flavoured grape that is grown everywhere but is most revered around Agrigento in the south. Another red of interest, and gaining a reputation quickly is Nerello Mascalese. Part of this is due to its success in and the the growing popularity of the region around Mount Etna, where producers are increasingly making use of the higher altitude and cooler conditions that this eastern part of the island offers.

Cataratto used to be responsible for much of the hot, over-produced white wine from Sicily but today it is being nurtured more carefully and when done so, can produced a decent wine, as can the variety Grecanico.

The sweet wine of Sicily comes from the island of Pantelleria in the form of Moscato, while Sicily’s equivalent of Sherry, Marsala, still manages to cling on to some die-hard fans, but isn’t much in favour at the moment.

Nero d'Avola-Merlot

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Salads & Vegetables
A great match for this wine would be a feta or green salad but it would go equally well with a light seafood or mozzarella salad and a Salade Nicoise.
Fish & Seafood
Pair this wine with clam chowder or mussels and oysters. It also works well with halibut, herring and trout and we recommend you try prawns for good measure.
Pasta & Other Sauces
A very light olive oil and fish based sauce would work well with this wine. Try it with spaghetti 'alla marinara' or 'alle vongole'.
Generally this wine is too light for most meats.
Herbs & Spices
The delicate seasonings of chives, coriander, dill, fennel, tarragon and parsley would complement this wine.
Spicy Foods
We wouldn't recommend pairing this wine with anything spicy as the flavours would overwhelm a wine like this.
Very mild flavoured cheeses such as cream cheese, feta, halloumi, mozzarella and ricotta would work best with this wine. 
Bottle 75cl:
- Earn 8 points -
Case of 6:
- Earn 48 points -
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