Grapes: Catarratto, main grape variety, the blend is completed with other Sicilian and international varieties.
Training and pruning: VSP (vertical shoot positioning), with wooden stakes and stainless steel wires; cordon spur training, leaving 6 to 10 buds per plant.
Planting densities: 4,500 to 6,000 plants per hectare (1,822-2,429 an acre).
Yield per hectare: about 8.5 tons (3.4 tons an acre).
Vintage 2014: the 2014 vintage was characterized by a fairly balanced climatic trend, marked by a relatively mild winter and a cool, rainy spring. Overall, from 1 October 2013 to 30 September 2014, 620 mm of rainfall was recorded: a slightly lower figure compared to the average of the last 10 years, with rainfall concentrated in the spring months. July and August passed without excesses of heat and with an excellent temperature range between day and night, thus favoring the production of particularly fresh and balanced wines. The Catarratto, the main variety in the blend, was harvested during the second ten days of September.
Production area: South-western Sicily, Contessa Entellina Estate and nearby areas.
Altitude: 200 to 600 m AMSL
Soils: Clayey with a sub-alkaline reaction (pH 7.5 to 8). Total limestone from 20 to 35%. Rich in nutritive elements (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc).
Fermentation: in stainless steel at controlled temperature.Aging in stainless steel vats and then at least two months in bottle before being released to the market.
Analysis data: alcohol 12.74% ABV, total acidity 5.8 g/l, pH 3.23.
Anthìlia 2014 is characterized by an enveloping bouquet with marked scents of fragrant fruit (peaches and apples). The palate perfectly reflects the nose with the addition of a pleasant savory note. A fresh and balanced white that, as every year, confirms its extreme pleasantness and versatility.
THE WINE EXPERIENCE
Food & Wine: perfect when paired with slightly smoked fish, shellfish, anchovies and also baked pasta dishes. Excellent with tuna salad, eggplant rolls and stuffed mussels. Serve it in tulip-shaped goblets of medium size and height; uncork at time of serving; excellent at 9-11°C (48-52° F).
Occasions: An ideal daily companion, we recommend it as the wine of choice for summer lunches and dinners with friends.
Art & Wine: the label displays the face of a woman, mysterious and fleeting, like the Elymian civilization. Anthìlia is the name, given in the Roman period, to the city of Entella on the top of the Rocca. Today, Anthìlia is also the name of a wine that is identified with the ancient territory where it originates. It is the first wine to have been conceived at Donnafugata and it still remains a special favorite of many admirers.