Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Remember Space Dust?

Popular around the UK in the 70s and probably now banned by the EU for causing permature balding, space dust was the little sherbert crystals which used to crackle on your tongue. The way this wine rolled about my mouth with its acid zing brought back those same sensations.

The Wine Society c.£7.00 (tasted 16.i-'09)

A 13.5% Sicilian white from 100% Fiano grapes with an artifical closer. Clear and clean pale yellow/green in the glass looking bright and tempting. On the noise its full of citrus fruits with grapefruit, pear, and pineapple bobbing about in the bowl. Very dry and very acidic this wine went off like a bomb in the mouth with the acidulous lime and crab-apple edges that melow through the surprisingly long length. Lively and zingy, this is a fun-filled wine that needs to be drunk in the garden on an August evening rather than on a snowy January night.

This wine is a real hoot; try some in the sunshine.

Just as an aside, neither The World Wine Atlas (3rd ed.) or The Oxford Companion to Wine (3rd ed.) make any reference to fiano being grown in Sicily. Perhaps this is a recent development? The club tasting notes also hint at this saying:

"Mandrarossa is produced by the Settesoli co-operative in south
west Sicily in the hills surrounding Menfi, between Agrigento and Selinunte.
This premium wine is made from the finao grape, native to Campania, which has
adapted exceptionally well to the Sicilian climate."

Also, this wine is a Decanter 2008 Trophy winner for best wine under £10.

Toot toot!

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