It's great news for Planeta in the latest Imbibe Panel Tasting "Etna Rocks".
The Panel, made up of Imbibe's own Clinton Cawood as well as consultants and sommeliers from several reputed restaurants, blind tasted over 20 wines from a variety of distributors, taking only the value into account on their scores. See how Planeta fared below!
Brut Metodo Classico NV
"Some gooseberry character on the nose - a soft fruity wine that's very easy to drink." Derryn Neal, Merchant's Tavern
"Biscuity and citrusy nose, with a good citrus bite. Refreshing." Martin Lamb, Consultant
"A great combination with fish dishes, and really good value." Archie Manza, Rocket Restaurant
"Ripe apple fruit combined with elegant minerality. A well-balanced wine, with a salty finish." Gergely Barsi Szabó
Planeta Etna Bianco 2013
"Fruity on the nose, with a bit of a saline aroma too. The palate's lighter, with a salty finish, and ripe fruit." Gergely Barsi Szabó
"There's a nectarine and apple core note to this, in spite of it being somewhat restrained on the nose. There's similar ripe fruit on the palate, right through to the finish. Perfect on its own." Clinton Cawood, Imbibe
Planeta Etna Rosso 2013
"Light in colour - almost transparent, with a peppery nose, and barely ripe cherry notes. Very drinkable, yet keeping in that lightness, with balanced minerality." Derryn Neal, Merchant's Tavern
"A savoury, herbal palate, with darker fruit. Some complexity here - clean and well made." Martin Lamb, Consultant
Planeta Eruzione 1614 Bianco 2013
"Floral, Moscato-like nose, with more of the same on the palate, along with a saline, mineral edginess." Martin Lamb, Consultant
"A fruity wine, with peach and plum flavours. Good price for the quality." Archie Manza, Rocket Restaurant
Planeta Eruzione 1614 Rosso 2012
"Cocoa powder closely followed by some spicy steak notes on the nose - clearly a savoury wine! The palate's lovely and lifted, full of dark cherries and good acidity, not to mention some appealing tannins." Clinton Cawood, Imbibe
"Nice red fruit and aromatic spiciness on the nose. Juicy plump fruit on the palate, with good extraction and structure. Quite a serious wine." Martin Lamb, Consultant
A little bit of background...
When Planeta first acquired the vineyards on Mount Etna, to be in keeping with the active volcano, they needed to set off with a bang. There was no better way to do this that to make their first venture into sparkling wine in their typically unique way, with Carricante.
The altitude on their Etna site gives the vineyards a cooler climate which extends the ripening period, increasing the layers of flavour in the grapes, while the volcanic soils add a fresh minerality to the wines.
Their winery, Feudo di Mezzo, has been built with rigorous attention to local materials and conserving energy. The barrel store, in particular is not only a reproduction of one of the ancient stone houses of Etna, but also has perfect natural insulation for the storage of the wine.
Click here for more detail on Planeta's exploits on Etna.