This wine is pale lemon in colour with a fresh, vivacious nose that displays aromas of citrus and tropical fruit, with hints of Mediterranean flowers. It is crisp and refreshing on the palate with a lifted acidity that lingers on the dry finish.
The Borgo Selene wines are made and blended by Alberto Antonini at the Curatolo Arini family winery. ‘Borgo Selene’ takes its name from the Greek goddess of the moon, illustrating the influence that the Greeks, who brought the vine to Sicily, have had on the Mediterranean’s largest island.
The white, a blend of the native Catarratto and Inzolia varieties, is lifted, fresh and generous, while the red, from Nero d‘Avola and Nerello Mascalese, has surprising depth at this price.
This wine is made from grapes grown in the hills of the Trapani province in Western Sicily. Soils here are calcareous and of medium consistency, and the vines are trained using vertical shoot positioning with spurred pruning.
2021 proved to be another hot vintage in Sicily. After a routine spring, summer temperatures soared, with the region seeing a record temperature of 44.4°C on 11th August. The heat significantly reduced any risk of disease in the vineyards but also meant that careful canopy management was vital to reduce the risk of sunburn to the grapes. By harvest, both varietals – despite seeing a reduction in yields - were in pristine condition and intensely flavoured.
The grapes were fermented in stainless-steel vats for 12 days at controlled temperatures of 16-18°C. The wine then spent two months on its lees, to add complexity to the wine, before bottling.