Derived from the name of the wild flower that grows round our winery, Alastro is a Grecanico blended with two notably aromatic varieties, Grillo and Sauvignon Blanc. Splendidly aromatic, delicately structured, with aromas of tropical fruit, fresh citrus and white flowers.
Territories & Wineries
70% Grecanico 15% Grillo 15% Sauvignon Blanc
2000 -TOP 100 Guida al Berebene- Gambero Rosso: "Top 100" Guida ai Vini Intelligenti 2002 - Gambero Rosso Editore: "Vini Intelligenti"
2003 - Decanter Worlds Wine Award 2004: Silver Medal
2004 - Enogea II ed.: 88 point BGrove Falstaff-Degustation Sizilien 2006: 85 pt.
2006 - Wine Spectator "October 2009": 90 pt - La Guida Ai Vini Prezzo-Piacere D'Italia 2008 di D'Agata e Comparini: Alastro 2006, vino incluso per buon rapporto qualitÃ -prezzo per un costo inferiore di Euro 15.
2007 - www.wineanorak.com "February 2009": 89/100
2009 -Decanter.com, sept. '11: Wine Reviews, 4 stars (Fully ripe, plump, honeyed fruit. Vinour and phenolic. Strong mineral seam counched in lemony, citris fruit. Has character).
2010 -International Wine Challenge 2012 - Commended
Above sea level
Spurred cordon, Guyot
3.800/5.000 vines per hectare
A particularly cool harvest, better for reds than whites.
A particularly cool August preceding a rainy September produced two results; excellent for early varieties, less good for late.
Hot August and cool September with some rain following a winter with little rain.
The cycle of hot harvests begins with dry warm weather throughout harvesting.
Vintage distinguished by winter and spring with little rain, very hot August and cool dry September.'Hot' whites.
Almost perfect vintage for whites with ideally bright hot July and August.
A cooler summer (as in 2004) resulted in very fruity full whites for slow maturation.
Hardly any rain in winter and spring. Low production and very good quality compared to the rest of Italy. Better whites than reds.
More rain than usual refreshed some of the crop, resulting in whites with great fruit and structure.
Cold wet winter and spring were a perfect preparation for the vines, harvest began 15 days late with cool temperate weather.Very fresh whites.
Abundant spring and winter rain perfectly prepared the vineyards for summer and autumn ripening. The surprisingly fresh and cool temperatures of July, August and September achieved the rest, with the grapes arriving at the winery in perfect condition.
A rainy late-autumn and low temperatures, though not excessively so, have laid strong basis to a good vintage . The vines were able to rest in well-soaked soil. After a rainy winter the spring was particularly cool and dry. A mild summer provided for excellent ripening of both white and red grapes.
We were cheered in 2006 by an autumn finishing with good October rain that prepared the vines well for their autumn and winter rest. A relatively mild winter followed with temperatures that were never very low and a lower than average rainfall. A weather pattern that coincided with the rest of Italy, with the difference that mild winters are the norm in our area.
The result was a superb vintage, the indigenous varieties are absolutely excellent. White wines thanks to the lack of thermal excesses are full-bodied and well balanced and perfectly aromatic. Grecanico wine is particularly excellent, just as the early varieties Chardonnay and Viogner. Fiano wine will get back to its highest quality, such as the 2001 vintage.
The average summer temperatures has been excellent: pleasantly cool, regular, without peaks of heat, never above the seasonal average. Balanced solar radiation. The harvest began with a delay of about 10-14 days (August 17). Temperatures have increased markedly since August 20, while maintaining the proper level of humidity and avoiding dehydration and concentration of the fruit. Harvesting grecanico ended the last days of September.
Might 2010 be one of the best vintages out of the previous ten? It is early to say but it is certainly a super vintage.
The temperatures stayed in the average range and, more importantly, showed no heat spikes. Both September and October were mild, and sporadic rainfalls at the end of the season accomplished the vintage. Menfi and Sambuca. Harvesting started a little earlier compared to the five previous years. The white grapes yielded a significantly lesser quantity and were of outstanding quality, especially the Grecanico variety.
The harvest was completed on October 12th, earlier than usual. In general, the grapes are extraordinarily healthy thanks to the lack of rainfall near the harvest. The amount is 10% higher compared to the 2011 vintage that was particularly poor, about 5% below average.
It was long and intense with both easy and difficult periods. Eventually it went well and, for some territories, extraordinarily well. We began with the media announcing the harvest of the century. Indeed the preceding weather conditions were very favourable, even though they were very different in the various Sicilian regions.
Time of Harvest
After destalking and soft pressing, the must is decanted at a low temperature and ferments at 15⁰C; when fermentation has finished it matures on the lees for up to 6 months in stainless steel vats where a batonneur holds the lees in suspension.
To drink at once or age for 4-5 years; Grecanico has a surprising aging capacity.