Donnafugata White Blend Sicilia IGT Polena 2009

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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. The name ‘Polena’ derives from the Italian for the ship’s figurehead which, in the 16th and 17th century were believed to bring the galleons good luck on their voyages of discovery round the world. Its first vintage was 2006. Polena is made from Viognier and Catarratto grapes planted at approximately 5,000 vines/hectare, trained using a counter-espalier system and spur pruned. This Viognier blend is light gold in colour. It has an appealing perfume of citrus and stoned fruit, with the Viognier adding its characteristic peach and apricot aromas. On the palate the wine is fresh but well-structured, with acacia and exotic fruit characters, offset by a crisp mineral quality.

Region: Italy » Sicily » Sicilia Igt
Winery: Donnafugata  
Color: White
Varietal: Viognier
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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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Snooth User: mpauwels
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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. The name ‘Polena’ derives from the Italian for the ship’s figurehead which, in the 16th and 17th century were believed to bring the galleons good luck on their voyages of discovery round the world. Its first vintage was 2006. Polena is made from Viognier and Catarratto grapes planted at approximately 5,000 vines/hectare, trained using a counter-espalier system and spur pruned. This Viognier blend is light gold in colour. It has an appealing perfume of citrus and stoned fruit, with the Viognier adding its characteristic peach and apricot aromas. On the palate the wine is fresh but well-structured, with acacia and exotic fruit characters, offset by a crisp mineral quality.

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