Didacus Chardonnay, Menfi, Sicily, Planeta

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Didacus Chardonnay, Menfi, Sicily, Planeta

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Tasting Note

Planeta's most impressive white wine.

This is exceptional, with fabulous aromas of yellow nectarine, golden apple, toasted coconut and caramel, with a hint of gunflint complexity.  Super-rich in the mouth, with flavours of grilled pineapple, salted caramel, clotted cream and toasted oak.  It has fantastic, unctuous texture - balanced consummately by vibrant acidity.  Its closest parallel would be top-notch California Chardonnay, against which it looks great value!  (Kistler Hudson Vineyard 2015 = £220 per bottle)

                      - Tom King, Fine Wine Manager

Only the very best clusters from the oldest vines have been selected for this wine, of which fewer than 7,000 bottles were made.  It is dedicated to Diego "Didacus" Planeta, founder of this iconic Sicilian wine company.

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  • White Wine

  • White - Rich & Complex

  • Planeta

  • Alessio Planeta

  • Italy

  • Sicily

  • Chardonnay

  • 2015

  • Can be drunk now but will keep very well

  • 75cl

  • Cork

  • 13.50%

  • Creamy crab linguine, scallops, foie gras


Four hectares of Chardonnay (clone R8) were originally planted in 1985 and the vineyard saw several replanting and regrafting efforts over the years. The oldest vines have been marked and fruit for this wine represents a section of the best clusters from the oldest vines. Refrigerated for 12 hours, hand selection on table with a 13,2% discard rate; only sound grapes sent to press. 80 quintals pneumatic press; maceration in press for 3 hours at about 13°; must yield approximately 56%. Static decantation at 10°C for 48 hours; pouring only of the clear must; inoculation with S.cerevisiae yeast; transferred to barriques after the beginning of fermentation at 14 C°. From 2nd September for 9 days; temperature inside the barriques kept between 19° and 22°C


  • 94/100 - Rich, opulent and round, the 2015 Sicilia Menfi Didacus is a full-bodied Sicilian Chardonnay (made in limited numbers) that debuted last year with the 2014 vintage. The wine delivers Sicilian aromas of candied orange peel, toasted almond or pistachio, white licorice and crushed sea shell. This was a warm vintage, and that extra fiber and succulence is transmitted directly to the mouthfeel. This is an important, age-worthy white wine. Drink 2018-2033

    • The Wine Advocate, December 2018
    • Monica Larner
  • 92/100 - This is a very opulent white with mango paste, sticky rice, papaya, vanilla, cloves and smoke. Full body, some acidity and a fruit-forward finish. For this kind of decadent style of chardonnay, the formula has been followed to a tee. Drink in 2020.

    • JamesSuckling.com, October 2018
    • James Suckling

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