Mozia Grillo

Estate Whitaker

Mozia Grillo

Vintage 2020

The Whitaker Estate is located on the ancient Phoenician island of Mozia, off the coast of Marsala. Small but incredibly rich in history, Mozia boasts a microclimate in which the Grillo grape expresses all its vital force. The vineyard is in a beautiful location, surrounded by archaeological sites and near a salty pond where in ancient times people fished with casting nets. Here the destinies of two families – the Whitakers and the Tasca d’Almerita – have intertwined in an ecosystem where the grapevine has long played an important role. The first implantation of vines in Mozia dates back to the early nineteenth century, when the British came over from nearby Marsala and found that the soil and climate characteristics were very favourable for grape production. The soils of the island of Mozia derive from seabeds of marine origin. They are sandy and loose soils. The presence of limestone is abundant, producing an alkaline reaction of the soil (pH 8.2) that affects the aromatic characteristics of the grapes.
The soil is deep enough to ensure an adequate development of the bushes. Long “Marsala-style bow” pruning (a specific style of head-trained bush vines with intertwined branches, used in the area of Marsala to protect against strong winds) is the most suitable for Grillo grapes, considering the poor fertility at the base of the shoot. The grapes are harvested slightly before they reach full maturation, so as to preserve some degree of acidity and maintain the freshness of the palate and the longevity that the white wine of Mozia has demonstrated over the years.

  • Grapes: Grillo
  • Appellation: Sicilia DOC
  • Vine-growing area: Mozia – Island of San Pantaleo (TP), island in the Pond a few km from coast of Marsala – Sicily
  • Cultivation system: bush
  • Pruning system: Marsalese style, short and long
  • Vines per ha: 3.300
  • Yields per ha: 50 ql
  • Fermentation: stainless steel
  • Fermentation temperature: 16-18°C
  • Duration of fermentation: 15 days
  • Malolactic fermentation: not run
  • Aging: stainless steel on lees for 5 months
  • Alcohol content: 14% Vol.
  • Wine analytical data: pH 3.15 – TA 6.44 g/l – RS 1.8 g/l – ET 27.1 g/l

awards

  • Event: L'Espresso - Guida Vini d'Italia
  • Year: 2009
  • Prize or title conferred: 16/20 punti
  • Vintage: 2007
  • Event: Annuario dei igliori Vini Italiani di Luca Maroni
  • Year: 2009
  • Prize or title conferred: 95 punti
  • Vintage: 2007
  • Event: D'Agata e Massimo Comparini - Guida ai Migliori Vini d'Italia
  • Year: 2013
  • Prize or title conferred: -
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Event: Robert Parker
  • Year: 2016
  • Prize or title conferred: 90 points
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Event: Robert Parker
  • Year: 2017
  • Prize or title conferred: 92 + points
  • Vintage: 2015
Mozia Grillo