Earlier this week a potential, new U.K. wine importer visited the Delicata winery and was given an extensive tour of the facilities. Mr. Nigel Savage, a representative of the English company, which is located between London and Bristol, met up with Export Director Michael Delicata who conducted the tour and gave him a comprehensive tasting of an assortment of Delicata’s D.O.K. and I.G.T. quality wines.
Mr. Savage whose visit comes just a week or so before the 2012 grapes are picked and start to come into the winery, observed with interest the latest technology installed by Delicata in the last few months, in particular the state-of-the-art Ganimede red wine fermenters, which will be in operation for the first time this year.
During the wide ranging tasting, which was held in the winemaker’s barrel maturation vaulted cellars; Mr. Savage showed a particular liking for the white and rose wines which include Malta’s two unique indigenous grape varieties in them, namely Gellewza and Girgentina. Wines such as; Medina Girgentina Chardonnay; Pjazza Regina white made from an exclusive blend of Girgentina, Chardonnay, Viognier and Vermentino; Girgentina Frizzante; Maltese Falcon Gellewza Rose; Pjazza Regina rose made from a blend of Gellewza and Syrah and Delicata’s popular Rose Gellewza Frizzante, which already enjoys a good export market in Sweden under the prestigious private label, Bodvar of Sweden. Other wines that particularly gained Mr. Savage’s interest, were wines made from those locally grown international grape varieties that are lesser known than their noble cousins Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Syrah etc. Wines such as Medina Sangiovese, Grand Vin de Hauteville Viognier, Grand Vin de Hauteville Moscato Liqueur wine and the unique Medina Zibibbo Vermentino blend.