Sicily, one of the top regions in Italy for producing large volumes of wine, having a long history in wine making dating back to Roman times. It is said that Julius Caesar favoured a sweet wine known as Mamertine, so this tells us that during the Roman Empire Sicily was growing its native grape varieties and producing wines fit for an Emperor. Native grape varieties are still grown today such as grillo, carricante, nero d’Avola along with other international varieties such as chardonnay. Mount Etna, an active Volcano in Sicily with its black lava soil, extreme environment and terroir manages to produce some of Sicily’s quality red and white wines.
Tenuta Rapital are Sicilian wine producers who have been growing grapes such as grillo, (a local variety) and producing fabulous quality white and red wines since they established in 1968. The word Rapitala is derived from Arabic, ‘River of Allah’ this refers to the stream on the estate.
Tenuta Rapitala Grand Cru Chardonnay
Out for dinner at one of my favourite Italian restaurants here in Leeds, San Carlo Flying Pizza. Choosing from their comprehensive wine list is always a joy, it’s interesting and offers wines that are a little bit different. On this occasion Salvatore the maitre d along with Giuseppe the wine waiter suggested I might enjoy the Sicilian chardonnay so I took their advice and ordered.
The wine was straw yellow in colour with strong aromas of pineapple, mango and dried exotic fruits. Notes of honey, hints of marzipan and pastry. This wine was soft, fruity and well-balanced with medium acidity. I wouldn’t hesitate to order this wine again and I recommend this wine if you enjoy a more complex chardonnay. It ticked all my boxes this evening as it complemented the food of Italy. Another perfect choice as I continue to explore and taste great wine here in Leeds.