LA SEGRETA BIANCO, SICILIA DOC

Planeta

APPELLATION

Sicilia (Menfi D.O.C.)

GRAPE VARIETIES

40% Grecanico, 20% Chardonnay, 20% Grillo, 20% other varieties

WINEMAKERS

Patricia Toth

TECHNICAL DATA

Acidity
3.32
Alcohol
12.5%

2017

92POINTS

JamesSuckling.com
OCTOBER 2018
2019

92POINTS

JamesSuckling.com
NOVEMBER 2020
BACKGROUND

Planeta’s journey began at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate owned by the family since the 1600s. Here, 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. Planeta today encompasses six distinct wine estates in five regions across Sicily; Ulmo at Sambuca di Sicilia, Dispensa at Menfi, Dorilli at Vittoria, Buonivini at Noto, Sciara Nuova on Etna at Castiglione di Sicilia, and the newest addition, La Baronia at Capo Milazzo. Each vineyard site is carefully cultivated with grapes that best compliment the local terroir.
La Segreta takes its name from the wood that surrounds our vineyard at Ulmo. This young fresh wine is made principally from Grecanico grapes and gains style and personality with the addition of international varieties. All the grapes are knowledgeably cultivated according to the criteria of sustainability and organicity, in vineyards owned by Planeta. La Segreta is a versatile companion for everyday drinking and for the most diverse occasions. It is a perfect approach to Sicilian wine, with the right relationship between quality and price, guaranteed by the patient work of the Planeta family, from vine to bottle.

TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES

Dispensa (altitude: 45-75 meters a.s.l) soils are moderately deep, chalky, moderately limey with little structure. Gurra (35-75 meters a.s.l.) has moderately deep soil with little lime, no structure and is very chalky. Ulmo (210 meters a.s.l.) soils are medium texture, moderately deep/deep with an abundant structure of pebbles, slightly limey and areas of dark vegetable soil.
The Menfi area experienced an ideal 2023. The sea breeze, typical of the area, made the plant disease load easily controllable. The heat at the end of July sped up the harvest; despite starting significantly late, it proved to be a quick harvest. The smaller quantity (about 15%) improved the quality of the grapes. The white grapes – both native and French – were aromatic, precise and intense.

WINEMAKING

Harvesting took place from August 20th–Sept. 30th. The grapes were picked and placed on small trolleys, then refrigerated at 60-62°F. Once in the winery they are destalked and pressed, then sent for soft pressing. The must obtained remains at about 46-48°F in static sedimentation for 36 hours, then the clear part is decanted and ferments at about 59-61°F for 10-12 days. At the end of fermentation in stainless steel tanks (~7 days), the wine is decanted, leaving it on the finest lees with weekly stirring to fix aromas and to increase volume; finally it is blended and bottled.

TASTING NOTES

Pale yellow with beautiful sea green reflections. On the nose aromas of white peaches, apricots, Sicilian citrus fruits, white melons, tropical fruits, chestnut honey and freshly cut hay. A fresh acidity and excellent persistence, thanks to a slim and balanced texture. The sensations of fruit and salinity return to the palate, together with a pleasant freshness.
Ideal as an aperitif after work, it is equally suitable for vegetarian cuisine, salads, fish-based first courses and seafood crudités.

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