Vintage Information

In 2016 the winter in Sicily was warm and dry. Summer did not bring with it the customary African heat – with the exception of July – nor any of the much-desired rain. Yields were lower due to the hydric stress suffered by the vines, but lower crop levels meant that vines were able to ripen their grapes despite the lack of water. The dry conditions slowed the ripening of red varieties, like Nero d’Avola, which were harvested earlier than usual in order to maintain freshness.

 

Vinification

The Nero d’Avola grapes were soft pressed on arrival at the winery, then fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel, with gentle, regular pumping over every four hours during fermentation and a maceration of 10-12 days on the skins. The wine remained in stainless steel tanks until bottling.

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Nero d`Avola
Region Sambuca, Sicily
Winemaker Giuseppe Alfano Burruano
Alcohol (ABV) 13%

Nero D’Avola

£9.91


 

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 Zabu were planted in 2005 on the hills around Lake Arancio in Sambuca di Sicilia in southwestern Sicily.

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