DIDACUS CHARDONNAY, SICILIA MENFI DOC
Planeta encompasses six distinct wine estates across Sicily, each one inspired and constructed in harmony with its surroundings and dedicated to its terroir. Planeta’s journey begins at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate owned by the family since the 1600s. Here on Italy's most enchanting island, three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta, under the guidance of Diego Planeta, began their winemaking venture in the mid-1980s. Subsequent years were spent matching the extraordinarily diverse Sicilian soils with both indigenous and international varieties. Years of careful research paid off when the Planeta wines were met with immediate critical acclaim upon introduction in the U.S. in the late 1990s.
All of the company’s activities have a single theme; environmental sustainability. Planeta engages in the use of solar panels and biomass production, principally pruning residues to produce energy, reusing and recycling of all materials used in the production cycle, and the exclusive use of recycled paper for packing and printed materials. Because the land is a collective benefit, Planeta considers it is a duty to make every effort in preserving it.
Didacus is Planeta’s vision of wine: elegance and tradition, the family and the future. Sicily as it has always been...TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES
The vineyards are located 250 m above sea level, with soils consisting of clay, loam and sand.WINEMAKING
Grapes were harvested between August 28th and 29th and then refrigerated in a storage room for 12 hours. They are then hand selected on table with a 13.2% discard rate; sound grapes are sent to press. 80 quintals pneumatic press; maceration in press for three hours at about 13°; must yield approximately 56%. Static decantation at 10°C for 48 hours; pouring only of the clear must; inoculation with s.erevisiae yeast; transfer in barriques after the beginning of fermentation at 14 C°, September 2nd for nine days; temperature inside the barriques is kept between 19 – 22°C.AGEING
The wine is aged in specifically selected Remond barriques; 80% new and 20% of 2014; medium toast; forests of origin of the oak are Nevers, Vosges, and Allier. A weekly batonnage for six months; one batonnage every two weeks for the remaining aging period. Emptying of the barriques occurred on June 30, 2016 (10 months in total).TASTING NOTES
A pure expression of Chardonnay executed in a beautifully Burgundian style, complete with a sunny Sicilian twist. The wine shows precision and focus, yet it offers a generous array of stone fruit and floral aromas along the way. As the wine takes on more weight in the glass, it begins to reveal rounder and more opulent tones of Sicilian almond, candied fruit, orange peel, anise seed, and salty mineral tones that recall the soft sea breezes that wash gently over Menfi in the southern part of the island.