Menfi D.O.C.

100% Nero d’Avola

The single-variety Nero d’Avola named Plumbago is called after the beautiful violet-coloured wild flower which grows in the woods surrounding the baglio and the vineyards of Ulmo. It is produced from the old vineyard around the Lago Arancio, which presents a soft and fruity version of this great Sicilian variety. Rounded tannins and perfectly adjusted wood make this an immediately pleasurable wine.


2018 James Suckling 93 90
2016 Wine Advocate Robert Parker 87
Meininger - Mundus Vini Silver
2015 Merum 3 cuori - Vino entusiasmante
5StarWines 90/100
Sakura Silver
Gambero Rosso Bere Bene – Oscar Qualità prezzo
Vinous 88+
2014 Gambero Rosso Bere Bene - Oscar Qualità prezzo
  Vinous 88+
2012 Gambero rosso Bere Bene - Oscar Qualità prezzo
2011 I vini di Veronelli Tre stelle rosse (90 pt)
  Gambero Rosso Bere Bene - Oscar Qualità prezzo 85
2010 Gambero Rosso Bere Bene - Oscar Qualità prezzo
  James Suckling 88
  Wine Enthusiast 88
  Jancis Robinson 15,5
2009 Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri
2008 Jancis Robinson 16



Above sea level



21°Average temperature


Farming system

espalier with spurred cordon pruning system

Planting density

Ulmo 4.545 plants per hectare; Dispensa 5.050 plants per hectare



Cloudiness 100%
Humidity 58%
Wind 7.61mh ↖

First Vintage


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  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • The result was a superb vintage, the indigenous varieties are absolutely excellent. Syrah is just perfect: a dry and luminous vintage provided us with a superior quality. The other French varieties are intense and varietal; the Nero d'Avola, the part of La Segreta Rosso blend, is at its top.
  • 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.
  • A fine consistent harvest, thanks to an almost perfect summer and autumn. The healthiest grapes and the amount produced in line with recent years. The whites, thanks to a cool July and first half of August, are very well balanced and with exciting aromatic profiles, particularly the early varieties such as Chardonnay and Viognier. The reds have turned out very well particularly for the aromatic profile, definitely distinctive as to variety with bursting fruitiness. Our favourites from the harvest; Shiraz and Nero d’Avola but the other French varieties have also done well. The harvest at Sambuca di Sicilia was completed on 28th September with the Grecanico which offers elegance and balance.
  • Harvesting started on August 9, a little early compared to the five previous years. Thanks to the diminished yield the red French grapes, most of all Syrah and Cabernet Franc, were even better. This means great colour and great structure; the Nero d’Avola for instance displayed its magnificent fragrance to perfection.
  • The harvest here registered a sharp drop in production of the early varieties such as Chardonnay and Viognier, an amazing quality especially for Nero d'Avola and Syrah as well as Cabernet Franc, which are rich and varietal with an excellent tannic structure. The harvest was completed with the harvest of Grecanico, a variety that prefers drier weather. For this reason, the grapes are fully intact thanks to a climate free of moisture.
  • 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.
  • A great vintage for two perfectly combined reasons: a rainier spring than the average for the past ten years, especially in June, and therefore vines that face the summer stress-free, and a rain-free period of ripening of the grapes with July, August and September completely dry. To say the least, these are the ideal temperatures and quantity of light, with July cooler since 2004; on the contrary, the brightest September (since 2007) and, to best complete the ripening of the reds, the absolute hottest of the series analyzed. The perfect vintage!
  • A year which enhanced the indigenous varieties, particularly Grecanico, very aromatic, and a glorious Nero d’Avola with fruit, density and compact tannins as never before. Fiano is good, Chardonnay more consistent. Merlot and Syrah at their peak, thanks to the weather. The Cabernet is perhaps slightly rigid.
  • At Menfi in the south-west had little rainfall and temperatures slightly colder than 2015, followed by a beautiful spring with rain in March and showers generally, which prepared the vines well. The cooler summer with average temperatures between June and September being well below those of 2015 contributed to a fine harvest. The result has been aromatic and balanced white wines with Chardonnay, Grecanico and Grillo peaking in quality, and the big French reds with particularly dense and ample tannins thanks to long slow ripening. Nero d’Avola in particular, thanks also to the lower production, is very aromatic and colourful.

Time of Harvest





Vinification: after destalking and pressing, the grapes ferment in stainless steel vats and remain on the skins for 14 days at 25⁰C with repeated mixing; at the end of the period racking by soft pressing. The wine thus obtained undergoes malolactic fermentation in stainless steel, in January it is transferred to wooden barrels for 10 months.


Alcohol Content



Aging Capacity

To drink at once or age up to 10 years

Tasting Notes
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A saturated purple-mauve that you look forward to drinking.
Plumbago is dominated by aromas of ripe plums and wild blackberries and has pleasantly complex aromatic hints of incense, jasmine and black truffle.
The tannin texture is varied and combines its soft, sweet and seductive aspects, like a Sacher torta, with the harder, more direct and austere elements of a block of Modica chocolate.
Perfect for matching with grilled meat with its affinity for smokey tones and its natural sweetness which goes with any sauce.
With Casa Planeta’s Kitchen

Stuffed roast

INGREDIENTS Serves 4 to 6

2 slices of beef cut into strips, about 600 g /1 lb. 5 oz. of meat, best if from the thigh

2 eggs

100 g / 3 1/2 oz. baked ham

100 g / 3 1/2 oz. Sicilian Pecorino DOP, grated

200 g / 7 oz. Ragusano cheese

200 g / 7 oz. spinach

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 spring onion, sliced

white wine

50 ml / 1 3/4 fl. oz. extravirgin olive oil



In a bowl, beat the eggs with the grated Pecorino. In a frying pan, make 2 thin frittatas. In a pan, heat the spinach with a tablespoon of oil. Arrange the slices of meat to make a rectangle measuring about 30 × 20 cm (8 × 12 in.). Top with the baked ham, frittatas, spinach and, last of all, the slices of Ragusano cheese. Starting from one of the long ends of the rectangle roll into a log and tie with butcher’s twine at least a couple of time. In a pot, place the meat, celery, carrots, onions and oil. Brown over medium heat. Increase the heat, add the wine, and let it bubble up until the alcohol evaporates. Cook for a further 25 minutes, adding water if necessary.



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100% Merlot
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100% Chardonnay
Sicilia Menfi D.O.C.
100% Fiano
Sicilia DOC
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc
Sicilia Menfi D.O.C.
100% Syrah
Menfi D.O.C.
100% Nero d’Avola
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85% Grecanico, 15% Sauvignon Blanc
Menfi D.O.C.
100% Grillo
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40% Grecanico, 20% Chardonnay, 20% Grillo, 20% other varieties
La Segreta Rosso
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50% Nero d’Avola 25% Merlot 20% Syrah 5% Cabernet Franc
Rosè 2016_sa
Sicilia D.O.C.
50% Nero d’Avola 50% Syrah
Sicilia D.O.C.
50% Fiano, 50% Grecanico


Vittoria D.O.C.
100% Frappato
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70% Nero d’Avola 30% Frappato
Cerasuolo di Vittoria
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60% Nero d’Avola 40% Frappato


Planeta Santa Cecilia
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100% Nero d’Avola
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100% Moscato Bianco
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Passito di Noto
Sicilia Noto D.O.C.
100% Moscato Bianco
Noto D.O.C.
85% Nero d’Avola, 15% Merlot


Eruzione 1614 Nerello Mascalese
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100% Nerello Mascalese
Eruzione 1614 Pinot Nero
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100% Pinot Nero
Brut Metodo Classico
Sicilia D.O.C.
100% Carricante
Planeta Eruzione_ Riesling
Eruzione 1614 Riesling
Terre Siciliane I.G.T.
100% Riesling Renano
Eruzione 1614 Carricante
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100% Carricante
Planeta Etna Bianco Doc
Etna Bianco Contrada Taccione
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100% Carricante
Planeta Etna Rosso Doc
Etna Rosso
Etna D.O.C.
100% Nerello Mascalese


Planeta - Mamertino 2015 sa
Mamertino D.O.C.
60% Nero d’Avola, 40% Nocera
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100% Nocera

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