Country: Italy Region: Sicily Vintage: 2021
Varietal: Ansonica, blended with Lucido, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier
Category: White Wine
Today, Donnafugata has two estates in Sicily: a modern winery and 270 hectares at Contessa Entellina in the hills east of Marsala; 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 wines fuse Sicilian tradition with a modern approach. 'Vigna di Gabri' blends Ansonica (Inzolia) with Chardonnay, Catarratto and Sauvignon Blanc, according to the vintage, to produce a truly unique wine.
Product Features: Vegan;Vegetarian
Winemaker: Antonio Rallo and Antonino Santoro
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 2021 has a bright straw yellow color. The nose offers notes of white pulp fruit (peach) and citrus (citron and bergamot), combined with hints of aromatic herbs (sage). The mouth is fresh and savory.
Food Suggestion: Seafood first courses, flans and baked fish. Also very good with delicate meats such as escalopes in white wine.
Closure: Natural Cork ABV:13.5% Classification: DOC
Acidity [g/l]: 5.9