WINE OF THE WEEK: Forza della Natura Orange Catarratto 2021, Terre Siciliane, Italy

£9.99, Waitrose

If you've yet to fall for an orange wine, try this hazy gold, unfined and unfiltered organic example from Sicily. It's very much at the gentler end of the orange wine spectrum, with aromas of chamomile, fresh and dried apricot, orange peel and green tea and a textured palate with a refreshing, orangey, softly spicy flavour. It's very good value too.


The vines grow high up in the Alcamo hills in northwest Sicily and the wine is made in a winery down in Marsala, where 10 per cent of the grapes – all Catarratto – were fermented in contact with the skins for 12 days and no sulphites were added.


Unlike traditional, more tannic Georgian orange wines, it's best served chilled and doesn't need food, but it can handle some slightly tricky things like light vegetable or fish curries and lightly brined or pickled dishes, as well as charcuterie, chorizo, stuffed vine leaves, green olive tapenade or a mix of tapas. 13%. Empty bottle weight: 371g – admirably low.


Forza della Natura Orange Catarratto 2021, Terre Siciliane, Italy


£9.99, Waitrose


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