Producer Guide: Feudo Maccari (Sicily, Italy)
Feudo Maccari is a Siclian wine producer located in the south of the island. They produce clean, modern and fruit driven wines from Sicly's traditional native grape varieties.
Located in the province of Siracusa, around the historic town of Noto, the estate is part of a group that also includes Tenuta Sette Ponti in Tuscany, Poggio al Lupo in the Maremma and the generously named Contrada Santo Spirito di Passiopisciaro on based on the northern slopes of Etna.
Back in 2000 Antonio Moretti Cuseri started to piece together individual plots of vineyard from various growers in the area. Today, there are 50 hectares of vines cultivated by a variety of owners, all sandwiched around the towns of Noto, Avola and Pacchino.
Avola, as you might guess, is known for it's cultivation of Nero d'Avola more than any other variety. Yet Grillo seems to have interesting results here. Perhaps proximity to the sea and a variety of different microclimates allows a balanced, fresh blend.
Terre Siciliane IGP Grillo 2015 by Feudo Maccari Charming stone fruit character on the nose with a sligh herbaceous feel as well. The palate is soft and textured but alive with fresh notes of peach. The finish is balanced and is lifted by some savoury complexity, part almond part brioche. (February 2017)
Terre Siciliane IGP Nero d'Avola 2015 by Feudo Maccari An exciting, jammy red with plenty of rustic character and Sicilian charm. Ripe concentrated fruits are in abudtnace but there is a balance and freshness to the wine which is attractive, even if fairly simplistic. (June 2017)
Terre Sicilliane IGP Nero d'Avola 'Saia' 2010 by Feudo di Maccari Refined and sophisticated nose of ripe, polished cherry is ensconced in swirling fragrances of tarragon and sage. A touch of vanilla permeates from a six months sojourn in French oak. In the mouth, a rush of refreshing forest fruits flows into notes of prune and coffee giving a very expressive and elegant wine.