The Society is delighted to offer a tasting of the latest vintages from Sicily’s Pietradolce: crisp whites, a flavoursome rosé and some award-winning Etna Rossos.
Located on the northern side of Mount Etna, Pietradolce’s steep, terraced vineyards and dark stony, volcanic soils are home to indigenous pre-phylloxera, knotted bush vines. Some of these are over 100 years old and create mesmerising wines.
The delicious, crisp and racy white wines are made from Carricante that are teeming with minerals and salty energy, while the fantastic local Nerello Mascalese (the “Nebbiolo of the south”) makes classy red wines.
Pietradolce is no longer a secret of Sicily or indeed Italy; it has been highly praised by international critics.
Production is tiny and demand always outstrips supply but our allocation is already here. You would’t want to miss out!
- Date & Time: Thursday 5 April 2018, 6.30 pm for 7
- Venue: Harrogate Masonic Hall
- Tickets: 28 tickets are on sale now at £31 each and includes a two-course post-tasting supper with a glass of fine wine. (Supper menu published closer to the date). Optional 2 places are available for the tasting only at £16 each
- Note: Reservations are accepted only with a non-refundable 30% deposit. Balance payments are refunded only if cancelled tickets are resold
- Etna Bianco 2016: “Displays a piercingly mineral aroma; salty, herbaceous, grassy notes combine with soft white peach and a flinty, stony tang. The wine is crisp, lean and vibrant” (£13.09 HMWS)
- Archineri Etna Bianco 2016: “Notes of white peach, lemon, lime and soft sage create a full and distinct aroma which leads to an elegant, intense mouthfeel; stony, chalky minerals fill the palate” (£21.14 HMWS)
- Rosato 2016: “Soft ripe nectarine, raspberry coulis and cranberry combine to create a wonderfully summery, attractive wine with vibrant crunchy redcurrant acidity” (£11.90 HMWS)
- Etna Rosso 2016: “This youthful and deliciously perfumed wine has a fine summer fruit aroma. Cherry and floral elements combine on the palate alongside a hallmark red-apple...” (£13.09 HMWS)
- Archineri Etna Rosso 2015: “A wine of great precision and character, reflective of its volcanic territory with fine, smoky intensity” (£23.25 HMWS)
- Contrada Rampante Etna Rosso 2014: “2014 is the first release of this extraordinary wine. It has aromas of cherries with a touch of mint and liquorice. It is finely knit, blossoming in the glass and fanning out on the palate. So much energy abounds here framed by volcanic minerals. An elegant and sophisticated wine” (£19.62)
- Vigna Barbagalli 2014: “A unique wine from pre-phylloxera, 100 year old Nerello Mascalese, whose yields are minute and produce less than half a bottle of wine per vine” (£54.14)
Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Nero D’Avola 2013 (£21 HMWS) will be poured with supper. Nero D’Avola is the other great red grape of Sicily and Stephanie Tool of Mount Horrocks is no stranger to at least, some members of the Society. The image shows Stephanie Toole at a tasting at Hotel du Vin in Harrogate in 2012.
- Buckley, Rob (30/8/17)
With Deposit (£15)
- Lees, David
- Greenwood, Jane (Leeds) 9/8/17
- Owen, G
Updated 12 October 2017