Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito di Pantellaria 2010

£29.99

 

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Among the top 100 wines of Italy. While not incedendo in any complacency against sweet wines Ben Ryè is a great, great wine. Warm and sunny in the glass a brilliant amber color, has a splendid balance, a backbone that makes it unique in the typology. Candied orange peel, fresh apricot, fig and then calls of Mediterranean herbs. A sumptuous palate, creamy, soft but with a live final. Long and satisfying it leaves us a taste like no other.
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TASTING NOTE

Bright, amber with striking notes of ripe fruit, apricot and peach on the nose that harmoniously blend with salt and mineral nuances. It is sweet and full-flavoured, with a full-bodied mouth feel perfectly balanced by refreshing acidity. A long, elegant finish.

A modern take on the classic Moscato Passito, the name Ben Ryé derives from the Arabic `Son of the Wind`, after the wind which sweeps round the island.  The Zibibbo vines are planted in the traditional style in hollows in the ground and pruned short and cover 68 hectares. Vines are over 100 years old and are ungrafted. Soils are volcanic in origin, very loose and mineral rich. Yields are approximately four tonnes per hectare.

On Pantelleria the Zibibbo harvest began on 18th August in the Martingana vineyard, where traditionally, the grapes are the first to ripen. The harvest concluded on 19th September in the Ghirlanda vineyard. On Pantelleria, the year was less productive than 2009, especially in the vineyards hit by strong winds at blossom time.

Grapes from the later ripening vineyards were chilled and pressed with the dried grapes added at intervals during fermentation, which took place in temperature controlled stainless steel. The wine remained in stainless steel for four months, followed by six months in bottle after blending. Four kilos of grapes produce 1 litre of Ben Ryé. Total production is approximately 80,000 bottles.




The Rallo family has made wine in historic Marsala since 1851, and their ancient cellars tunnel beneath the city. They were one of the
first families to begin making high quality table wine when sales of traditional sweet Marsala started to decline, launching the Donnafugata label in 1983, and championing some of the more obscure regional Italian grape varieties. Today, they have two estates in Sicily: a modern winery and 260 hectares at Contessa Entellina in the hills east of Marsala; and 68 hectares on the island of Pantelleria. Donnafugata means ëfleeing womaní - a reference to Queen Maria Carolina who escaped the court of Naples in the early 19th century with her husband Ferdinand IV of Bourbon when Napoleon's troops arrived. The couple took refuge in Sicily at Santa  Margherita Belice palace, also the favourite residence of celebrated writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and depicted on the ëMille e Una Notteí label
14.5% abv
37.5 CL
Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito di Pantellaria 2010
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