Marco Colicchio Delica Bianco Malvasia 2016, Lazio, Italy

This remarkable Sicilian white wine, or an orange wine due to its 14 day skin contact, is surprisingly light and easy drinking. 

With its rich yellow colour, it draws you in and makes you want to sample again and again. When you then consider the aromas, that are just as enticing, of fresh orchard and tropical fruits, which then follows through onto the palate with some delicate floral notes and a salivating minerality.

It's crisp and fresh when chilled to perfection and an organic wine that's honest and sincere. 

Food match: lamb cutlets, carpaccio, sea bass and crunchy vegetables from the barbecue, perfect as an aperitif on its own

Wine facts:

  • vegan, gluten free, sugar free
  • this wine is not certified organic, but the winery is a member of Azienda Agricola
  • grapes: Malvasia Puntinata
  • sugar: 0 added sugar, residual sugar <1 g
  • sulphites: contains added sulphites, total sulphites <40 mg/l
  • ABV 13.0%

In the first 10 days of September, the wine maker and his dad begin hand harvest the organically grown grapes which will then head into the tiny winery that they purchased in 2000, to begin the process of becoming wine. 

Marco Colicchio believes that if the grapes are good enough, they should be able to produce wine that needs to assistance or human interference. The wine is unfiltered and unfined, made without any added sugars and without any artificial yeasts.

With 3 days of malolactic fermentation, 8 months spent maturing in stainless steel and another month maturing in the bottle, this then goes on to create only around 3000 bottles for this current vintage.

Something from the Winemaker:

"My work takes place for most of the year in the countryside between the rows and the olive trees, which is why I chose to go down this difficult road. when I started, I set a single goal: to try to interfere as little as possible with those that are the natural life processes of plants and that vast world of fermentation and maturation of wine. I did not force myself to choose not to use synthetic chemistry in the vineyard, let alone to renounce to wineries that for many companies are the routine but that for me it meant making a non-sincere product, which did not reflect my territory nor much less myself. I try to make every year my wine, my different wine, sincere that no one else belongs to me and my vineyard can do." Marco Colicchio

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