Ciello Bianco – Unflitered and hazy. The wine has had a few days of skin contact (like a baby orange wine!) but is incredibly fresh. Dry yet fruity and a little bit textural. It’s full of character and great introduction to the joys of natural wine.
Ciello Rosso – Hey tomato based pasta dish, lets be friends. Dark fruits and spice but very drinkable. A nice bit of acidity which makes it the perfect match for a margerita or ragu.
The dynamic Vesco family took over the winery 10 years ago and have since revolutionised the viticultural practices and invested heavily in cutting edge technology for the winery and bottling line.
Their hundred hectares of organic vineyards are located high up in the hills above Alcamo. The wines are all certified organic and planted on south-east facing slopes on sandy soils 150 –300m above sea level. The climate is clearly suited for producing the best quality grapes.
The vineyards in three main sites: Alcamo for Catarrattoand Nero d’Avola. The grapes tend to be picked earlier in the year than many of their neighbours which produces their customary bright, fresh style of wine.
The results are evident in theCatarratto and perfumed, fresh Nero d’Avola. These wines are a million miles from the overripe styles made by many of theirpeers. Night harvesting and modern temperature-controlled fermentations result in bright, fresh, modern wines.
Fragrant, crisp Catarratto with a pleasant trace ofpink grapefruit, apple-skin with soft almond on the finish and soft, warmy and plummy Nero d’Avola with good character.The first bottling of the Ciello tends to have the lees in evident suspension, the wine be chalky-opaque, but the fresh has that just-off-the-tank freshness. Subsequent bottlings will be a mite less cloudy; what you gain in clarity you lose a touch in mouthfeel.