Cristo di Campobello Laluci Grillo 2009 (Sicily, Italy)
$29, Cork, 13%
Another beauty from the boys at Mondo Imports. Of particular note is how well this went with some fine sushi – it’s a fish wine through and through.
The appeal here is actually quite simple – savoury, almost salty green fruit flavours, tart acidity and a leesy richness through the middle. As a wine it carries the citrus twang of Riesling, the mid palate of Pinot Gris and chalky end of Fiano, all wrapped up in a sprightly package. It was described by my (astute) dining companion as a ‘kiss and a slap’ – with the slap coming courtesy of the tangy acid, the kiss is the mid palate generosity.
In the end it’s hardly a super complex wine, but the dry, acid-meets-textural-honeysuckle palate makes for something particularly tasty. 17.3/90