Donnafugata Vigna di Gabri
Vigna di Gabri has a brilliant straw yellow color with light green reflections. The nose opens with fruity notes, classic white peach combined with a citrus note of grapefruit, intertwined with floral notes of elderflower and wild flowers. The palate perfectly reflects the nose, enlivened by a fresh savory streak. A fine and elegant white, with an intriguing personality and surprising longevity.
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 three estates in Sicily: a modern winery and 270 hectares at Contessa Entellina in the hills east of Marsala; 18 hectares in Vittoria to the south eastern point of the Island; and 68 hectares on the island of Pantelleria. 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.
The terrain on the Contessa Entellina estate in south-west Sicily is situated at an altitude of between 200-300 metres above sea level. Soils are clay with a sub-alkaline reaction (pH 7.5 to 7.9). Total limestone content is from 20 to 35% and they are rich in nutritive elements (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc). The vines are trained on a vertical shoot positioned system and cordon spur pruned. Average planting density is 4,500 – 6,000 vines per hectare and yields are approximately six tonnes per hectare.
The grapes were soft-pressed and the must fermented at a controlled temperature in stainless steel. 85% of the wine matured in stainless steel vats and 15% in second use French oak barriques. The wine was aged for at least three months in bottle before release.
Vigna di Gabri – Hay Wines
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