DENOMINATION: Sicilia Doc Zibibbo
GRAPES: Zibibbo (Muscat of Alexandria)
PRODUCTION ZONE: grapes produced on the island of Pantelleria (South-western Sicily); Khamma, Mulini, Mueggen, Ghirlanda, Serraglia, Gibbiuna, Barone, Bukkuram, Favarotta, Monastero
TERRAINS & CLIMATE: altitude from 20 to 400 m a.m.s.l.; Orography: complex, typically volcanic, with terrains mainly cultivated on terraces. Soils: sandy, originating from lava, sub-acid or neutral reaction; deep and fertile, well-endowed with minerals. Mild, dry winters. Windy summers.
VINEYARD: the vines are cultivated, in hollows, low alberello pantesco. The training method “alberello pantesco” has been inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as a “creative and sustainable” practice. Planting density from 2,500 to 3,600 plants/ha with yields of 5-6 tons/ha (2-2.4 tons/acre).
VINTAGE: In Pantelleria, where Donnafugata cultivates 68 hectares of vineyards located in 14 different districts, the 2020 vintage was slightly rainier, recording 433 mm of precipitation compared to the average of 462 mm*. The quantity of Zibibbo produced is in line with average of production of Donnafugata in Sicily. The wines of the 2020 vintage stand out for their aromatic intensity and excellent freshness. (*The rainfall recorded from 1 October to 30 September of the following year is taken into account; the average is calculated starting from the 2013 harvest.)
HARVESTING: The Zibibbo harvest at Donnafugata traditionally continues for about 4 weeks, in the 14 districts where the winery has its vineyards that differ for altitude, exposure, proximity to or distance from the sea; the harvest began on August 17th and ended on September 9th.
VINIFICATION: fermentation took place in stainless steel at a temperature of 14-16°C. Aging in tanks for two months and at least three months in bottle before release.
ANALYSIS DATA: alcohol 12.25% ABV, total acidity 5.7 g/l, pH 3.33.
TASTING NOTES (19/02/2010): Lighea 2020 has a bright straw yellow color with greenish reflections. The nose offers a rich and fragrant bouquet where the typical notes of orange blossom merge with hints of citrus (cedar and bergamot) and exotic fruit (lychee). The fruity and floral notes return in the mouth accompanied by a marked freshness, with good persistence and a pleasant mineral finish.
AGING POTENTIAL: to be enjoyed within 4-5 years.
FOOD & WINE: recommended with all types of oily fish, baked pasta in white sauce, fried fish. Serve it in tulip-shaped goblets of medium size; uncork at time of serving; excellent at 9-11°C (48-52°F).
WHEN YOU DESIRE TO: Share the pleasure of food, matching different dishes with one wine. Spend time with your friends and intrigue them all, from the curious to the dedicated enthusiast.
DIALOGUE WITH ART: "From the disheveled tresses the color of the sun, seawater flowed over the green, wide-open eyes." Thus Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa describes Lighea, the bewitching siren and principal figure in his novel. She has inspired the creation of a complex and innovative wine and an equally original label. "It was not easy to print this label", Gabriella (founder of Donnafugata, with her husband Giacomo) recalled, "and preserve the thousand shadings of colors of the island, painted in the original drawing."
FIRST VINTAGE: 1990.
Bottled at the origin by the Azienda Agricola DONNAFUGATA S.r.l. - MARSALA - ITALY