La Segreta takes its name from the woods which surround our vineyard at Ulmo. This young fresh wine principally produced from Grecanico grapes gains personality and style with the addition of some international variety grapes. All grapes are knowledgeably cultivated in the vineyards owned by Planeta. La Segreta is a versatile companion for everyday drinking and appropriate for many different occasions. It is the perfect approach to Sicilian wine, with its excellent relationship between quality and price, guaranteed by the Planeta family’s patient input, from vine to wine.
Territories & Wineries
50% Grecanico 30% Chardonnay 10% Viognier 10% Fiano
2001 - ""Oscar Regionale", Almanacco del Berebene 2003 - gambero Rosso Wine Spectator 2002 : "Score: 90 pt."
2002 - Bibenda AIS 2004: Oscar QualitÃ /prezzo Berebene 2004 - Gambero Rosso: "Oscar QualitÃ /prezzo" Miglior Rapporto Prezzo/QualitÃ 2004 - Bibenda, AIS: "Oscar del Vino".
2003 - Berebene 2005 Gambero Rosso: "Oscar qualitÃ /prezzo" Wine Spectator 2004/05: Score 89 pt. Smart Buys.
2004 - Berebene 2005 Decanter World wine awards 2005: Is hereby awarded the :Commended. Oscar QualitÃ Prezzo dell'Almanacco del Berebene 2006 del Gambero Rosso.
2005 - Decanter World Wine Awards 2006: BRONZE.Wine Spectator -May 2006-New Releases:Italy 88 pt. Japan Wine Challenge 2006: Bronze Medal.Grove Falstaff-Degustation Sizilien 2006: 87 pt.Wine Spectator:Great Wine Values: 88 pt.Guida del Berebene 2007 Gambero Rosso:Oscar QualitÃ Prezzo.
2006 -Decanter 2007: Medaglia di Bronzo.The Guardian Weekend_September 2007:La Segreta Bianco 2006,Italy: 4 stelle. 2007 Japan International Wine Challenge Results: Bronze Medal. Wine Review Online-Start:pt.87. THIS ISSUE'S REVIEWS, December 11, 2007 Issue: 89 pt.WINE ENTHUSIAST, March 2008: 88 points..Stephen's Tanzers International Wine Cellar 2008: Pale Golden Yellow.Wine Spectator november 2008: 88 pt.
2007 - Decanter World Wine Awards 2008: Bronze Medal - Almanacco del Berebene 2009 (Gambero Rosso): Oscar Quality/Price - Wine Enthusiast "February 2009": 87 pt - Wine Talk "January 2010": Top 25 Value Winery2009": 87 punti - Wine Talk "Gennaio 2010": Top 25 Value Winery
2008 - Wine Spectator "Editor's Pick 2009": 87 pt - Robert Parker's "August 2009": 87 pt - Wine Spectator's "Great Values" October 2009: 87 pt - Berebene Low Cost 2010 "Gambero Rosso": Quality/Price Oscar - www.wineanorak.com "February 2009": 88/100
2009 - Guide Francois Chartier: TOP 100 - Grand Prix du Public 2011: Silver Medal
2010 - Best buy - wineguide "Berebene Low Cost 2012" (Oscar Qualità-Prezzo), Gambero Rosso Editore
2011 - Gambero Rosso: Best Buy, wineguide "Berebene Low Cost 2012" (Premio Qualità-Prezzo)
International Wine Challenge 2012 - Bronze Medal
Above sea level
Spurred cordon, Guyot
4.500/5.000 vines per hectare
A particularly cool harvest, better for red wines than white.
A harvest with divided results following a particularly cool August and wet September, and producing excellent early varieties with not so good later ones.
Hot August and cool September with some rain followed a winter with sparse rainfall.
Vintage distinguished by winter and spring with little rain, very hot August and cool dry September. â€˜Hotâ€™ whites.
Almost perfect vintage for whites with ideal hot bright July and August.
A cooler summer (as in 2004) produced full fruity white wines for slow maturation.
Winter and spring with very little rain. Low production and very good quality in contrast with the rest in Italy. Better white wines than red.
More rain than usual refreshed some of the harvest 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.
The grapes are sound, the yield generally about 10% down, though 20% lower for Merlot, Nero d'Avola and Frappato.This vintage can be described as luminous and sunny. All the sun-loving varieties such as Syrah and Nero d'Avola are of extraordinary richness. The whites are rich, creamy, and well-defined by type of grape.
After two short but intense heatwaves, typical for the period from 20th July to 15th August, it stayed fine, temperatures stabilized, and persistent high pressure presented us with a vintage with no rainfall the first slight shower arrived on 25th September! and with amazing maturation. Forthose who enjoy comparisons, in our reckoning the recent years most similar to 2007, in Sicily, are 1997 and 2001.
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.
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 vintag.
The climatic indicators of 2011 had forecast, on a global level, a classic winter with precipitations below average, which after the last few winters with their copious rainfalls had us a little worried. But then in the spring the situation changed; copious rain fell even relatively late in the season and prepared the vineyards to perfection. The summer was hot without being excessively so, and the grapes were able to ripen without a flaw.
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. Outstanding quality was achieved in Noto and Vittoria, excellent for red wines in Menfi and Sambuca and average for white wines.
Beautiful white wines, produced by a cool and bright July and August. A richer Chardonnay without more alcohol. A super-aromatic Fiano and average Grecanico. The reds, Merlot and Cabernet, benefitted from a cooler harvest with a thick dense tannin structure, thanks to extended ripening. Syrah prefers a dry September and is rather less than excellent. Nero d’Avola is fresh and fruity as rarely before.
Time of Harvest
Static decanting of must after destalking and soft pressing; ferments at 15⁰C in stainless steel vats, remaining there until bottling
To drink while young, appreciating its evolution over the next 2 years