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Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito 2014

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The Rallo family have been involved in wine production in Marsala for over 150 years, but were one of the first families to move into the production of high quality table wine when sales of Marsala started to decline. One of the most exciting aspects of Donnafugata is their commitment to Pantelleria, a small, windswept island that is closer to the coast of North Africa than it is to Sicily. Famous for its Moscato, Ben Ryé is a modern take on the classic Moscato Passito di Pantelleria. The name derives from the Arabic ‘Son of the Wind’ after the fragrance-laden wind which sweeps constantly around the island. Made from 100% low, bush trained Zibibbo (Moscato d’Alessandria) vines, this wine is light gold in colour, that is beginning to mature beautifully, with the ripe, apricot and peach flavours giving way to a more buttery, honeyed intensity. Dried figs and herbs are starting to come out more on the palate which is rich, sweet and intense. The balance between sweetness and a light, fresh finish prevents the wine from becoming cloying. Rich, dried fruit perfumes last to the finish.

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Donnafugata:
Donnafugata grew out of the commitment of a family in Sicily that has always believed in the extraordinary enological potential of its land and has 150 years of experience in producing premium wines. Convinced that it is always necessary to be open to change in order to grow and improve, Giacomo Rallo and his wife, Gabriella, launched a new production project in 1983: Donnafugata. Their adventu... Read more
Donnafugata grew out of the commitment of a family in Sicily that has always believed in the extraordinary enological potential of its land and has 150 years of experience in producing premium wines. Convinced that it is always necessary to be open to change in order to grow and improve, Giacomo Rallo and his wife, Gabriella, launched a new production project in 1983: Donnafugata. Their adventure took wing from the family’s historic cellars in Marsala and the vineyards at Contessa Entellina in the heart of western Sicily and soared as far as the island of Pantelleria. Their children, José and Antonio, joined them and the house accelerated its march along the path of Extreme Quality: a project that focused on attention to detail, which clears the way for entrepreneurial decisions that ever more advanced objectives. As for the future, the young Gabriella and Ferdinando are already being “fully immersed” in the family’s activities Read less

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The Rallo family have been involved in wine production in Marsala for over 150 years, but were one of the first families to move into the production of high quality table wine when sales of Marsala started to decline. One of the most exciting aspects of Donnafugata is their commitment to Pantelleria, a small, windswept island that is closer to the coast of North Africa than it is to Sicily. Famous for its Moscato, Ben Ryé is a modern take on the classic Moscato Passito di Pantelleria. The name derives from the Arabic ‘Son of the Wind’ after the fragrance-laden wind which sweeps constantly around the island. Made from 100% low, bush trained Zibibbo (Moscato d’Alessandria) vines, this wine is light gold in colour, that is beginning to mature beautifully, with the ripe, apricot and peach flavours giving way to a more buttery, honeyed intensity. Dried figs and herbs are starting to come out more on the palate which is rich, sweet and intense. The balance between sweetness and a light, fresh finish prevents the wine from becoming cloying. Rich, dried fruit perfumes last to the finish.

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Alcohol: 14.50%

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