In a nutshell: An organic, fresh, crisp and layered Italian white from the hills of the Marche region near the Adriatic coast.
The lowdown: Pecorino is the signature white grape of this part of the Marche region and not seen much outside it. This cuvée from Ciù Ciù is fermented and aged for six months on oak which gives it a bit of creamy vanilla character and silkiness on the palate. It has a complex mineral nose of citrus fruit, pears, herbs and almonds and a beautifully defined palate of taut citrus and pear fruit, interlaced with white pepper and a zesty long finish.
When to drink: A wine with real definition and class, it's a prime candidate to pair with seafood, risotto, or poached salmon.
First established in 1970 Societa Agricola Ciù Ciù is run by brothers Massimiliano and Walter Bartolomei. The estate is situated near the town of Offida in the heart of the Piceno hills in the Marche region of central Italy only a few kilometres from the Adriatic coast.
In their extensive vineyards they culitvate a wide range of varieties from Passerina and Pecorino, indigenous to the Marche region, to the more widely known Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They cultivate on an organic basis and are also keen that their wines are an authentic expression of their region - terroir, and particularly that of their local area, is something dear to the Bartolomei brother's hearts.