Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2018 edition article on Sicily (see blue link below).
Planeta Mamertino 2015 - May 2018 Decanter review
Twenty years of Planeta is a story of wine, olive oil and hospitality with one common denominator – the love of Sicily. Brothers and sisters, children and grandchildren, all with an unquenchable wish to do, to change, to innovate and to rediscover traditions. In 1995 there was one vineyard, one winery, the first wines and many dreams. After twenty years there are six wineries in as many areas of heavenly Sicily producing different wines, all DOCs which are examples of six extraordinary territories. A journey which never finishes and which will continue with the next generation.
Mamertino is a denomination rooted in antiquity. The Mamertini first produced this wine many centuries ago, described by Pliny and beloved by Julius Caesar, at Milazzo. The Fondazione Barone Lucifero, proprietor of the land, uses part of the income it generates for social, cultural and recreational activities for children in the Milazzo area.
The grapes are gathered by hand into 14 kg crates, and as soon as they arrive at the winery, proceed to the table for selection. They are then destalked and ferment in stainless steel vats, remaining on the skins for 14 days at 25⁰C. They also undergo repeated mixing during this period. They are then racked in a soft press, and the wine they obtain undergoes malolactic fermentation in stainless steel. The wine the spends 12 months maturing in 35 hl barrels.
Brilliant, intense ruby colour with dark violet reflexes. Explosive nose with notes of mediterranean shrubs, blue fruits and jammy berries. On the palate it is medium-bodied and spicy with soft tannins. The oak in this wine is well integrated.