The 2020 Grillo Timpa is stunning, wafting up with exotic florals and citrus tones, as a more defind bouquet of tangerine, kiwi and candied ginger evolved with time in the glass. It filles the palate with silky waves of ripe tropical fruits, all kept in check through vibrant acidity and a twang of sour lime toward the close. Pineapple mingles with mango and papaya through the long, tension-filled finale, leaving the senses completely refreshed and aching for another sip.” Eric Guido, June 2021
Timpa is the name of the cru from which the grapes hail. The name has its origins in the Sicilian word, “timpa” meaning strong slope. In fact the vineyard climbs up a hill with a degree that exceeds 70%.
Appellation: Grillo della Timpa Sicilia DOC
Location: Cammarata (Agrigento)
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Vine Age: 30 years old vines, grafted by hand onto wild plants
Elevation: 700 meters (2,297 feet) above sea level
Exposure: East facing
Density: 4,400 vines per hectare (1,781 vines per acre)
Training: Vertical trellis
The 2020 vintage was marked with a rainy winter, but with sparse snowfall. The spring was characterized by solid precipitation, above average compared with seasonal averages. The rain then became sparser during the summer months, leading up to the harvest, which commenced in mid-September, about one week earlier than the average harvests at Montoni, as the grapes reached an ideal ratio of sugar to acidity earlier than usual. During the winter and spring, the temperatures were moderate, however during the summer months, cool nights offset the hot summer days, allowing for an ample acidity to form in the grapes. The overall production was marked with a slightly lower yield than the 2019 vintage but was steady compared to our annual averages. The quality of the grapes was high, and the resulting wines have vertical aromatics and are refined on the palate. The Grillo grapes, harvested in mid-September, were of high quality.
Fermentation: 100% in cement containers, in contact with the skins for a quarter of the fermentation process.
Aging: Sur lies with batonnage in cement containers for 6 months.
Varietal Composition: 100% Grillo
p H: 2.8 g/l
RS: 2.5 g/l
Straw yellow in color with green reflections. The nose has strong notes of white peach and loquat, with floral aromas of Sicilian Spanish broom, jasmine and almond flowers on the finish. On the palate, it is fresh, persistent and has a remarkable acidity that is well-balanced with the alcohol. It has a long and soft finish.
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