Curatolo Arini Marsala Superiore Riserva
With an intense nose of bitter almonds, dates, sultanas and vanilla our Superiore Riserva is soft, elegant and full bodied on the palate with wonderful hints of dried fruit. Served chilled it is ideal as an aperitif, or at room temperature as a meditation wine. Great match for strong cheeses like aged Pecorino, Gorgonzola, Stilton, or Sicilian desserts.
Established in 1875 by Vito Curatolo Arini, the winery is now run by the fifth generation of Curatolos, making it the oldest family-owned Marsala producing business. The family are launching a new range of wines under the Curatolo Arini label, showcasing the best of what they think native Sicilian varieties can offer.
Still made in the traditional way, the Marsalas are the real deal and make a great alternative to Sherry. The stunning art deco labels designed by Ernesto Basile, a famous Palermo architect in the latter part of the 19th Century, are still used today. The Marsala Superiore is made in the traditional manner, with the base wines made from Grillo, Inzolia and Catarratto. These are subsequently fortified with white grape spirit and aged for two years in cask. The result is a rich yet dry, aromatic and heady wine.
The process requires soft pressing and slow fermentation at a controlled temperature of 20 -25 °C. To the base wine, which is pale yellow in colour, is added table wine, mistella (fresh grape must with alcohol) and mosto cotto. This complex mixture together with the final alcohol content and the desired sugar level, gives us the traditional “Marsala” flavour.
Light wines from local grapes Grillo, Inzolia, and Cataratto are fortified with white grape spirit in the traditional way. The wines are then aged for about 10 years (the minimum legal requirement for `Superiore` status is 4 years) in large Slovenian oak casks.
Curatolo Arini Marsala Superiore Riserva – Hay Wines
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