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Sorrentino, Catalo Catalanesca 2020

Get to know: Sorrentino, Catalo Catalanesca

Tasting Note

An Italian white from Sorrentino that is definitely off the beaten track, offering a slightly richer style of white using the native Catalanesca grape variety grown on the southern slopes of Vesuvio. On the nose, it shows intense and complex aromas of peaches and apricots, almond, anise and mineral notes. On the palate, it is full-bodied, elegant, dry and persistent. The wine offers a good balance of weight and freshness that is characteristic of this rare variety. There's no oak ageing, all the depth of flavour and body comes from eight months aging on lees six months in bottle.

Try this with roast chicken legs with a creamy tarragon sauce.

Kate Says

"A unique and exciting wine that uses a fascinating rare grape variety. I like how this is rich and full of flavour while still being light and refreshing. Definitely a wine to try if you're looking for something different but equally enjoyable by anyone."

Producer Info

The Sorrentino family has been cultivating land on Mount Vesuvio’s southern slopes – just a few miles away from Pompei’s remains – for decades. In the early nineties, Paolo Sorrentino and his wife Angela expanded their vineyards to the current 35 hectares. Today they are helped by their new generation with siblings Benigna, Maria Paola, and Giuseppe all involved in the family winery. On certain sites they have decided to keep unique tomato varieties such as the Piennolo among the vine rows: a homage to the traditional so-called ‘promiscuous cultivation’ that once dominated the Italian viticultural landscape.

The Catalò is made with the Catalanesca variety grown at an altitude of 400 meters above the sea level. The Catalanesca grape was imported in Campania from Catalonia in 15th century, and today can only be found in small plots in the province of Naples.

Italy, Campania