DENOMINATION: Rosso –Terre Siciliane IGT
GRAPES: Cabernet Sauvignon and Nero d'Avola; Tannat and other varieties finalize the blend
PRODUCTION ZONE: South-western Sicily,Contessa Entellina Estate and nearby areas.
TERRAINS & CLIMATE: altitude from 200 to 400 m a.m.s.l. (656- 1,312 ft); hilly orography; clay loam soils with a sub-alkaline reaction (pH 7.5 to 7.9) rich in nutritive elements (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc) and total limestone from 20 to 35%. Mild winters with little rainfall. Warm, dry, ventilated summers. Substantial differences between day and night-time temperatures.
VINEYARD: VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) training with spurred cordon pruning g, leaving 6 to 8 buds per plant. Planting density of 4,500 to 6,000 plants per hectare (1,822-2,429 an acre) and yields of 5 – 6 tons/ha (2 –2.4 tons an acre).
HARVESTING: manual harvesting of grapes into crates with careful selection of the grapes in the vineyard. The harvest of the grapes destined for Tancredi began with Nero d’Avola during the last decade of August followed by Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon in the first decade of September.
VINIFICATION: A further selection is carried out in the cellar, thanks to a latest generation destemmer, able to discard the green and overripe berries that might still be on the clusters. Fermentation in stainless steel and maceration on the skins for 14 days at a temperature of 28-30°C (79 -86°F).Ageing for 13-14months innew and old French oak barriquesand then in the bottle for at least 14months.
ANALYSIS DATA: alcol 13.66 % vol., acidità totale: 5.5 g/l., pH: 3.65
TASTING NOTES (12/02/2020): with an intense ruby red color, Tancredi 2017 combines notes of ripe red fruit (red currant and plum) and balsamic (eucalyptus) with delicate hints of cocoa and sweet tobacco. On the palate it has an excellent structure with important and perfectly integrated tannins; it is fresh on the palate with a very long retro-olfactory persistence.
AGING POTENTIAL: over 20 years.
FOOD & WINE: it will find its best pairing with a T-bone steak, gourmet burgers and game. Delicious also with beef Stroganoff with mushrooms. If served in large, big-bellied goblets it can be uncorked a few minutes before, otherwise a couple of hours earlier; excellent at 18°C (64°F).
WHEN YOU DESIRE TO: Live a sophisticated, sensorial experience. Share your passion for elegant wines with great aging potential. Enjoy a moment of pure beauty.
DIALOGUE WITH ART: if you remember Alain Delon in the famousmovie that Luchino Visconti made from Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's The Leopard, you will see that this wine reflects the elegance and ambition of that "revolutionary" man. The labels is an illustration by artist Stefano Vitale who has dedicated this artwork to Giacomo Rallo, visionary captain of Donnafugata. The winery of Contessa Entellina is there, in the clouds, almost like a mirage. In the upper right, the beloved village of Sambuca di Sicilia where some of the vineyards contribute to the blend of Tancredi. All the places where the memory of this man remains indelible and where his dreams have become reality.
FIRST VINTAGE: 1990
Bottled by the Donnafugata s.r.l. - Marsala - ITALY