Country: Italy Region: Sicily
Varietal: Nero d'Avola Vintage: 2020
Category: Red Wine Style: Dry
Producer: Vigneti Zabù
PRODUCER This is a young estate in southwestern Sicily, whose vineyards caught the eye and winemaking talents of Valentino Sciotti. Valentino (of Gran Sasso and Vesevo) saw they had great vineyards and a good winery but were missing the necessary expertise to make wines the market required. Valentino and his team of young winemakers have taken the raw materials and transformed them into wines that people want to drink.
VINEYARDS The vineyards for Vigneti Zabù were planted in 2005 on the hills around Lake Arancio in Sambuca di Sicilia. The crystal clear water creates an ideal microclimate for vine growing and protects the vines from the heat of Sicilian summers. The organic vines are low yielding.
VINIFICATION The best organic grapes were selected for the production of this wine. Alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks for eight days at controlled temperatures of 22°C-26°C. 50% of the wine was aged in French and American oak for around six to eight months, where it underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was then bottled to preserve the fruit flavours.
TASTING NOTES This Nero d'Avola is deep ruby red in colour with a bouquet of red and dark fruits, hints of spice and a balsamic, eucalyptus quality. This is a full-bodied wine with well-balanced acidity and lingering spicy black fruit on the finish.