Derived from the name of the wild flower that grows round our winery, Alastro is a Grecanico blended with two notably aromatic varieties, Grillo and Sauvignon Blanc. Splendidly aromatic, delicately structured, with aromas of tropical fruit, fresh citrus and white flowers.
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VARIETY: Grecanico and Sauvignon Blanc.
TYPE OF SOIL: Average texture, from moderately deep to deep with abundant stones, slightly limey and with sections of dark organic soil.
ALTITUDE: 200-250 m a.s.l.
YIELD PER HECTARE: Grecanico 100 quintals Sauvignon Blanc 75 quintals.
TRAINING SYSTEM: Spurred cordon..
PLANTING DENSITY: Grecanico 3,800/4,500 vines per hectare. Sauvignon Blanc 3,800 vines per hectare.
HARVEST PERIOD: Grecanico 28-29 September. Sauvignon Blanc 16-19 August.
VINIFICATION: after destalking and soft pressing, the must is decanted at a low temperature and ferments at 15⁰C; when fermentation has finished it matures on the lees for up to 6 months in stainless steel vats where a batonneur holds the lees in suspension.
BOTTLING PERIOD: March.
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 12,5% vol.
TOTAL ACIDITY: 6 gr/l.
AGING CAPACITY: to drink at once or age for 4-5 years; Grecanico has a surprising aging capacity.
TASTING NOTES: The transparent straw colour anticipates a light smooth wine. But in this case it is misleading as Grecanico hides its strength and complex character within this white wine. The blend of Grecanico and Sauvignon gives a nose rich with aromas of citrus, peach, lychees and white wild flowers plus boxwood. In the mouth it is vibrant but creamy and silky with hints of white melon.
MATCHING: The contrast between savoury and sweetness confers a gastronomic strength that makes it suitable for matching with simple dishes such as a warm seafood salad as well as with more complex ones like a spicy Asian dish with sweet sour sauce. It can be matched with appetisers of Mediterranean cooking and with vegetarian cookery. Serve at 10⁰ C.