As sampled at Exel Wines' November 2018 tasting. See here for the report of that evening.
In Planeta’s early years, expertise came from a surprising source: Australia. The winemaker brought in by Diego Planeta was an Italian – Carlo Corino – but one who had soaked in the latest warm-climate winemaking secrets during a stint in New South Wales. Ever since, Planeta has managed to captured the intrinsic perfume and fresh flavours of Sicily’s grapes in their wines. The island estate pursued an unconventional approach to winemaking, with Planeta establishing a cult following for its barrel-aged Chardonnay, at a time when most other Italian whites were typically consumed straight out of the fermenter. This early success gave Planeta the credibility it needed to open the world’s eyes to the charms of Sicily’s indigenous grape varieties, ushering in a broad range of wines that today owes as much to Grecanico and Nero d’Avola as it does to the winery’s signature Chardonnay.
For this wine, see the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.
Planeta Alastro Bianco 2017 - fiche technique
70% Grecanico, 15% Grillo and 15% Sauvignon Blanc.
The transparent straw colour anticipates a light smooth wine. But in this case it is misleading as Grecanico hides its strength and complex character within this white wine. The blend of Grillo and Sauvignon gives a nose rich with aromas of citrus, peach, lychees and white wild flowers plus boxwood. In the mouth it is vibrant but creamy and silky with hints of white melon.