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Donnafugata - Ben Rye Passito di Pantelleria 2017

Dessert Wine from Sicily · Italy
Price: £78.95
Case Rate: £78.95
Ex Tax: £65.79
Country:
Italy
Wine Region: Sicily
Wine Maker: Antonio Rallo and Antonino Santoro
Grape: Zibibbo
Grape Percentage: 100% Zibibo
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now
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Country:
Italy
Wine Region: Sicily
Wine Maker: Antonio Rallo and Antonino Santoro
Grape: Zibibbo
Grape Percentage: 100% Zibibo
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now

Description

The Rallo family has made wine in Marsala since 1851 and their ancient cellars tunnel beneath the city. They were one of the first families to begin making high quality table wine when sales of traditional Marsala started to decline, launching the Donnafugata label in 1983 and championing the potential of the region's native
varieties. Today, Donnafugata has four estates in Sicily: a modern winery and 283 hectares at Contessa Entellina in the hills east of Marsala; 36 hectares in Vittoria to the south eastern point of the island; 68 hectares on the island of Pantelleria; and 18 hectares on the slopes of Etna. Donnafugata means 'fleeing woman' and is a
reference to Queen Maria Carolina, who escaped the court of Naples in the early 19th century with her husband, Ferdinand IV of Bourbon, when Napoleon's troops arrived. The couple took refuge in Sicily at the Santa Margherita Belice palace, also the favourite residence of celebrated writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
and depicted on the 'Mille e una Notte' label.
 

Wine tasting notes

Brilliant amber in colour, Ben Ryé is wonderfully fresh and complex. The bouquet is intense and fragrant - aromas of apricots and candied citrus zest combine with notes of Mediterranean thyme and rosemary. The palate is well-defined and intense, with pleasant sweetness well balanced by fresh acidity and great minerality. The finish is long and persistent - a captivating Passito di Pantelleria.

Winery information

Donnafugata

The Rallo family has made wine in Marsala, Sicily since 1851, and their ancient cellars tunnel beneath the city. They were one of the first families to begin making high quality table wine when sales of traditional sweet Marsala started to decline, launching the Donnafugata label in 1983, and championing the region

Vinification notes

The grapes were hand harvested. Some of the grapes were dried in the sun for 3-4 weeks. Once the grapes reached the winery, they underwent selection on a vibrating table before soft pressing. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures. The dried grapes – added to the fresh must in several batches to ensure that fermentation did not stop – were destemmed and selected by hand. Ageing took place in stainless steel tanks for eight months and at least 12 months in bottle before release