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    COS Pithos Bianco 2018

    COS Pithos Bianco 2018

    Sale price
    $60.00
    Regular price
    $60.00

    100% Grecanico. The Pithos Bianco is fermented in terra cotta amphorae. It shows gorgeous depth and purity in its fruit, along with a polished, elegant personality. Complexity on the multi-dimensional finish.

    Producer

    The winery was founded in 1980 by three friends, Giambattista Cilia, Giusto Occhipinti, and Cirino Strano. The initials of their last names form the winery’s name. Giusto Occhipinti of COS is a benchmark producer in the Vittoria appellation of Sicily, and certainly one of the most important, influential, producers in all of Sicily if not Italy as a whole.
    Sicily has a long history of winemaking, dating back to the 8th century BCE when the Greeks first planted grapes in the eastern part of the Island. It is only more recently though that true top quality wines and winemaking have arrived there. It was through the hard work and dedication of producers such as COS who showed the potential of Sicily’s terroir and drew attention to the island, especially its ability to produce complex, pure and fresh wines, despite its location at the very southern tip of Italy.
    As a goal, Giusto seeks to have the transparency of the soil conveyed into the wines themselves. To that end, he did extensive research on aging vessels and eventually decided on a combination of 440-liter clay amphorae sourced from Spain along with a collection of large neutral botti and also concrete tanks (latter mostly for the Frappato). The clay is porous like oak but has the advantage that it imparts less flavor to the wine than does even large, old casks. All aging at the winery is done in one of these vessels.
    Among the wines, COS is probably best known for their Cerasuolo di Vittorio, but also equally for their Pithos Rosso which is basically a Cerasuolo di Vittoria aged exclusively in amphora instead of oak. On the white side, they are also known for their Pithos Bianco, made from the Grecanico grape, a local variety of Garganega (of Soave fame), aged and fermented in amphora. Throughout the entire range there is a focus on elegance and purity, especially the joyous, floral Frappato – Sicily’s answer to Cru Beaujolais – and the spicy, fruit-forward Nero di Lupo (Nero D’Avola).

    Giambattista Cilia and Cirino Strano tending to their amphorae at their winery in Sicily's south.

    Region

    Sicily is not only the largest wine region in the Meditteranean it's also Italy's largest wine region and is divided into four regions comprising 23 denominations of origin. A very wide range of varieties are culitvated on the island on equally diverse terrior including volcanic soils, but it's not all about Mount Etna. The most recognisable native grape is Nero d'Avola which amongst other varieties such as Nerello Mascalese, Carricante and Frappato create distinctive wines which have soared in popularity on international markets in recent years amongst more adventurous wine drinkers. Producers to look for Azienda Agricola COS & Passopisciaro.

    Specifications

    • Cellaring

      2-5 Years
    • Varieties

      Grecanico
    • Vintage

      2018
    • Alcohol Content

      10.5%
    • Farming Practice

      Organic
    • Closure

      Cork
    • Bottle Size

      750ml
    Organic

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    Regular price
    $360.00
    GST included.
    Case(s) of 6
    $60.00 per bottle
    $60.00 per bottle