AOC Patrimonio: Domaine Paradella Blanc 2020
Lionel Wojcik's exciting new venture in Corsica, Domaine Paradella in Patrimonio, produced its first red wine vintage in 2016. This, the first white wine, followed in 2019 and combines the mineral and fruit delights of Corsican Vermentino with maturation in French oak to create a rich, silky white, ideal for pairing with herb-encrusted seafood or fresh fish.
From a 1.3ha parcel of recently-planted vines on clay-limestone soils in Poggio d'Oletta, this Vermentino wine is harvested and sorted by hand to ensure optimal quality. Lionel Wojcik - of St Emilion's Château Alverne - is advised by his winemaker friend François Mitjavile (Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf, Roc de Cambes, Domaine de l'Aurage).
Deep straw with hints of gold, this rich white wine is made from 100% Vermentino. Intense stone fruit aromas belie a suave minerality, opening up to complex stone and tropical pineapple a lengthy toasty finish with hints of lime leaves and violets.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Vermentino|
|Food & Wine Matching||Chicken and Turkey, Seafood, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Drink 2021 to 2025.|
|Vinification||Macerated in tank before fermentation in new French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation with regular bâtonnage (lees stirring) before bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||12.5|
Lionel Wojcik (of St. Emilion's Château Alverne) bought 7.3 hectares of vines in the heart of Patrimonio in 2016 - a region regarded as the island's best for red wines. Lionel's friend and wine adviser Louis Mitjavile (Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf, Roc de Cambes, Domaine de l'Aurage), uses exactly the same barrels - 'Radoux blend' - that are used at Tertre and Roc de Cambes for the Paradella cuvées. In order to re-create the humid, damp cellar conditions of his home estate in St Emilion in the dry climate of Corsica, an ingenious system of spraying a fine mist over the barrels every half an hour was created in the Paradella chai. The first red vintage was released in 2018 (2016 vintage), followed by the first white (2019 vintage) in 2020. The Paradella style combines Mediterranean grape varieties with modern Bordeaux winemaking and use of oak to create boutique terroir-driven wines that refine the essence of Corsica.
"…this is a property to watch." - Jancis Robinson OBE, MW - 2018.
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