Monday, January 30, 2017

Gulfi 2013 Valcanzjria Sicilia DOP: The White With Endless Food Pairing Options

Gulfi has always been one of my favourite producers as it makes organic wines that are full expressions of terroir. While in London, I have tried their Cerasauolo di Vittoria - an easy drinking aperitif red with lots of red fruits notes - and the Carjcanti, made with Carricante and Albanello grapes, very unique white with herbal and oxidative notes.

In Bordeaux, at the wine bar Aux Quatre Coins Du Vin, I was delighted to to find the Valcanzjria: a complex white that combines the creaminess and roundness of a slightly oaky Chardonnay with the acidity and freshness of Carricante. Made with grapes harvested at 400 metres high, in Southeastern Sicily, it takes its name from Val Canzeria, the valley where the vines are located and whose name derives from an Arab term which means "place of the wild boars". It is a single vineyard called "Vigna Muti" and the terroir is a mix of clay and limestone.

In the nose, it offers notes of torrone, hazelnut, marzipan and white chocolate. In the mouth, you will find primary aromas as citrus and lemon peel, along with nutty notes of hazelnut, as well as lemon yogurt, whipped cream and white pepper. It has a creamy and round long finish. It can pair extremely well with medium-aged cheese, creamy chicken, risotto agli scampi, spaghetti with clams and seafood in general.

Offered at the wine bar at 38 euros to drink in or 32 euros to take away, this an absolutely must for any wine lover.