Christian Patat, Grecanico, IGT Terre Siciliane, Sicily, Italy 2017
Its full name is grecanico dorato, and is identical to, and so a Sicilian synonym of, garganega, the grape of Soave, in particular clone ISV-CV84 . It is a late ripener, when at altitude to late October/early November, is thick skinned and disease resistant. A survey of its Sicilian sensory profile, indicates fresh acidity, with notes including apple and pear; citrus, tangerine; melon, pineapple; dried apricot, white peach; almond, herbs.
This wine: lot No. L18/247 (on bottle below capsule), varietal grecanico, agglomerate cork closure, 13% abv, £10, gift (12/18)
Consumer tasting note: grecanico aka garganega of Soave, with a lightweight profile of orchard fruit, a slightly confected edge, and a touch of melon; medium bodied with fresh(ish) acidity, and a palate of dried apple and conference pear flesh. Finishes medium.
Drink now – RTD, a quaffer, will keep for a year, at most – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of tinned pear, dried apple with a suggestion of a confected caramel edge, a touch of galia melon.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium intensity, a very low-key grip, with flavours of dried apple, conference pear. A medium length with a clean finish of orchard fruit, a very low-key grip and a hint of caramel confection on the end.
Quality: acceptable, well-balanced fresh(ish) acidity with alcohol, harmonious; a modest intensity throughout, with slightly lesser concentration, showing a little complexity on the nose, but almost monotone in mid-palate, with a slight grip from some time macerating on the skins; leads to a medium length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing, will keep for a year – balanced now, a simple quaffing wine.
- Grecanico Dorato [online] accessed 08/02/19.