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: characterized by cool temperatures and precipitations concentrated in spring, vintage 2011 ended to be less rainy than usual and yielded slightly lower than the average. Healthy and ripe grapes made possible to "bring in the glass" a bouquet rich in aromas and of an outstanding elegance.
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 12.52% ABV, total acidity 5.9 g/l, pH 3.25.
Anthilia 2012 reveals flowery fragrances of meadow flowers on a mineral background (flint). Harmonious on the palate: hints of white-flesh fruit, particularly white peaches, merge with the flowery notes. An extremely pleasant wine, characterized by a crisp aroma and taste.
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.