Lumari is produced by the Columba Bianca co-operative which is one of the largest co-operatives in Sicily. Therefore, it is fitting that they use their expertise in the island’s specialty grapes to introduce their particular Sicilian expression to the world. Both of the grapes used in this blend are popular white Italian grapes. And both have a history steeped in making Marsala.
The Catarratto grape has a floral and lemon perfume which is one of its attractions. Whereas Insolia (or Inzolia) is an indigenous grape of Sicily and it is known for its nuttiness.
As a result, in this wine, the blend is very prettily nuanced. Jasmine, rose, ginger and apricot rise from the glass. The Lumari Catarratto Insolia has a fuller body with an intense fruitiness that has a balancing savouriness. This combination makes it a rather food friendly wine. Particularly with a lunch of herb rubbed chicken or a buttery toasted almond crusted fillet of fish.
Quickie review « An intensely fruity white with a bouquet of summer flowers and stonefruit. Good drinking with food. Good value »
Country of Origin: Sicily IGT
Tasting Date: May 2019
Price: € 4.5 | £8
Needs food: better with food
If you like the sound of this Sicilian wine, you might also like Pietradolce Archineri Etna Bianco.
See Columba Bianco for more information.