Donnafugata Vigna di Gabri Contessa Entellina DOC 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

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. They have two estates in Sicily: 260 hectares at Contessa Entellina in the hills east of Marsala; and 68 hectares on the island of Pantelleria. Their winery in Marsala is ultra modern, and serves to preserve the flavours obtained in the vineyard. ‘Vigna di Gabri’ bears the name of Gabriella, who wanted to create it and oversaw its development. She believed in its engrossing fragrance of Ansonica. The new label created for the 2004 vintage, shows the bond of Gabriella with her land and the Ansonica, one of Sicily’s oldest native white grapes. First vintage: 1987. The terrain is of medium consistency and the vines are trained on a counter-espalier system and spur pruned. Average planting density is 5,000 vines per hectare. This wine highlights the special characteristics of the Ansonica variety. The intense, elegant aromas range from apples to acacia and more complex scents of a salty or mineral cast. A structured, mouth-filling flavour that is fresh and sapid with a lingering 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. They have two estates in Sicily: 260 hectares at Contessa Entellina in the hills east of Marsala; and 68 hectares on the island of Pantelleria. Their winery in Marsala is ultra modern, and serves to preserve the flavours obtained in the vineyard. ‘Vigna di Gabri’ bears the name of Gabriella, who wanted to create it and oversaw its development. She believed in its engrossing fragrance of Ansonica. The new label created for the 2004 vintage, shows the bond of Gabriella with her land and the Ansonica, one of Sicily’s oldest native white grapes. First vintage: 1987. The terrain is of medium consistency and the vines are trained on a counter-espalier system and spur pruned. Average planting density is 5,000 vines per hectare. This wine highlights the special characteristics of the Ansonica variety. The intense, elegant aromas range from apples to acacia and more complex scents of a salty or mineral cast. A structured, mouth-filling flavour that is fresh and sapid with a lingering finish.

70.000 produced.

Closure: Cork

Notes: 90% is aged in stainless steel vats ,10% in second passage French oak barrels and three months in bottle

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 6.1 grams per liter

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