Fabio Ferracane can also do Grillo. Although Catarratto is clearly the leitmotif in his range of grape varieties, he also has a small vineyard in which the second important white grape variety Marsalas is rooted. It is located in the plain behind the salt pans of the western Sicilian town, where, according to Fabio, the clouds are reflected in the salt pans and the sky slowly merges into the sea.
Grillo is actually the paradigmatic variety of the region, although Fabio bottles it as a dry white wine, which is not the usual practice. Due to the hot conditions, the harvest takes place at the end of August. Grapes are vinified that hardly ever have problems with fungal diseases due to the extremely dry conditions and therefore do not require copper or sulphur in the vineyard. In the cellar, they remain in brief contact (2 days) with their skins before they are pressed and fermented spontaneously. The wine is matured in stainless steel tanks and is not fined, filtered or sulphurised.
The Magico is juicy and full-bodied, vital and straightforward. The warmth of Sicily is conveyed more in the citrus and Mediterranean herb flavours than in the body of the wine, which is profound and persistent but also refreshing and never overpowering.
Grape variety: Grillo
Harvest: by hand
Fermentation: spontaneous | wild yeasts, two-day maceration on the skins
Ageing: in steel tanks
SO₂: < 50mg/l
Alcohol content: 13.5% vol.
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking temperature: 10-12 °C
Perfect drinking maturity: from now - 2029
Content and price per litre: 0.75 l/(€23.25/l)
All the winegrowers listed on Vinonudo work with compost, organic fertiliser and natural preparations in their vineyards and do not use herbicides, pesticides or artificial fertilisers.