Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2019 edition regional feature on Etna (see blue link below).
Planeta Eruzione Bianco 1614 Carricante 2017 - September 2019 Decanter review
Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2019 review - Italy's best whites for food (see blue link below).
Planeta Eruzione Bianco 1614 Carricante 2017 - May 2019 Decanter review
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.
This wine is made using 90% Carricante, 10% Riesling.
See blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.
Planeta Eruzione 1614 Carricante 2017 - fiche technique
In this case, the pale golden colour gives little warning of the explosion of aromas of ripe fruit and the aromatic content of white flowers which magically transport the taster to the slopes of Etna. On the palate as well the wine manages to combine softness and strength with a drinkable richness, with fruit flavours of lemon peel and green apple linked to an endearing mineral power which prolongs the finish.
ABV = 13.0%.