Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito di Pantellaria 2013




Bright amber, Ben Ryé 2013 offers an ample and enveloping bouquet characterised by delicious aromas of fresh apricots, with candied citrus peel and notes of Mediterranean sage and evergreen shrubs. On the palate, it surprises with its fruit flavours and fresh sweetness, enlivened by a pleasant vein of acidity. It finishes with a lingering persistence.

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, 2013 was a vintage with slightly more rainfall (506.8 mm) than previous years (450 mm), with temperatures in line with the average of recent years. The harvest of the grapes for the production of Ben Ryé started on the 17th of August. The wide diurnal temperature range enhanced the aromatic richness of the Zibibbo.

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 produced one litre of Ben Ryé. Total production was approximately 80,000 bottles.

14.5% abv
37.5 CL
Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito di Pantellaria 2013
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