Planeta Chardonnay Menfi DOC 2021 (Sicily, Italy) - [WE 93] [WS 92] [VM 92]

Planeta Chardonnay Menfi DOC 2021
(Sicily, Italy) - [WE 93] [WS 92] [VM 92]

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About the Winery:
Planeta’s journey began at Sambuca di Sicilia, on the estate owned by the family since the 1600s. Here, three enthusiastic young Sicilians, Alessio, Francesca and Santi Planeta, under the guidance of Diego Planeta, began their winemaking venture in the mid-1980s. Subsequent years were spent matching the extraordinarily diverse Sicilian soils with both indigenous and international varieties. Planeta today encompasses six distinct wine estates in five regions across Sicily; Ulmo at Sambuca di Sicilia, Dispensa at Menfi, Dorilli at Vittoria, Buonivini at Noto, Sciara Nuova on Etna at Castiglione di Sicilia, and the newest addition, La Baronia at Capo Milazzo. Each vineyard site is carefully cultivated with grapes that best compliment the local terroir.

About the Wine:
A wine that has become the image of the change of Sicily of wine. It was born from the desire to be able to compete with the world in the production of this noble and widespread grape variety. After a long journey that began in 1985, full of surprises and successes, today Chardonnay Planeta is an icon for the whole of Sicily. The vineyards of Ulmo and Maroccoli, which compose it, are unique in terms of location and terroir. The careful and precise fermentation and aging in French barrels gives us a wine that is unique in its grace and power.

After destemming, soft pressing and static sedimentation at low temperature; inoculation of selected yeasts on the limpid, fermentation at 18 °C in barriques; This is followed by refinement with bâtonnage performed every 10 days

Tasting Notes:

Appearance: Pure Chardonnay that clearly brings out its characteristics that have made it so famous. Starting from the richness of the color of the light, deep but transparent gold, you can sense the pleasant contrast of creaminess and crunchiness that will await us when we taste it.

Nose: It is in fact a soft white supported by a refreshing acidic vein that accompanies the entire tasting.

Palate: A subtle mineral trait harmoniously combines the flavour of ripe yellow peaches, acacia honey and almond paste with the more peaty, cereal and toasted aromas that overlook the powerful and balanced finish.

Technical Information

APPELLATION Sicilia (Menfi D.O.C.), Italy


Total Acidity: 5.5 g/L

pH: 3.28

Alcohol 13.5%

Ratings & Reviews:

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"The nose presents a luscious swirl of vanilla and pineapple, with undertones of salted butter emphasizing the succulence, but a whiff of tulips for levity. The pineapple keeps strutting on the palate, but notes of lemon and apple, plus a nuttier saltiness, provide balance through the finish. – Danielle Callegari (Dec 2023)

92 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Shows a sweet, smoky waft of canelé as an enticing entry point, quickly transitioning on the palate to reveal a clean-cut, focused mix of ripe apple and yellow plum fruit, mandarin orange peel, salted almond and ground ginger notes that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2031. 16,667 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. – AN (Feb 2024)

92 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2021 Chardonnay opens with a seductive burst of tropical citrus fruits, mixing mango with papaya, kiwi and lime, all accentuated by sweet mint. This smooths over the palate, deeply textural, enlivened by a bump of zesty acidity that further elevates its mineral-tinged orchard fruits. The 2021 lingers impossibly long, nearly salty, with a tactile coating of residual concentration as suggestions of almond custard and white flowers punctuate the experience. - Eric Guido (Sep 2023)