Donnafugata Sherazade

Sicilia DOC, Sicilia

Tasting Notes

Sherazade 2016 has a brilliant ruby red color with violet reflections. The nose offers a pleasantly fruity bouquet with fragrant notes of cherry and red plum, combined with light spicy scents of black pepper. The palate is fleshy and perfectly reflects the nose, pleasantly refreshed by acidic verve. A fragrant red with soft tannins.

We suggest it with fish soup, pizza or classic tomato spaghetti.

  • GRAPE: Nero d'Avola.
  • PRODUCTION ZONE: South-western Sicily, Contessa Entellina Estate and nearby areas.
  • TERRAINS: altitude from 200 to 600 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%.
  • VINEYARD: VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) training with spurred cordon pruning g, leaving 6 to 10 buds per plant. Planting density of about 5,000 plants per hectare, with yields of 7.5 - 8.5 tons/ha (3.0 - 3.4 tons/acres).
  • VINTAGE 2016: The 2016 vintage was characterized by a fairly balanced climatic trend, marked by a mild spring and a summer without excessive peaks of heat, allowing the vineyard to continue the vegetative cycle in a balanced way. Overall, from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016, 590 mm of rainfall was recorded, a slightly lower figure compared to seasonal averages. Careful vineyard management allowed us to bring into the winery healthy and well-ripened grapes, a premise of quality, long-lived wines.
  • HARVESTING: The Nero d’Avola destined for the production of Sherazade was harvested in the first ten days of September.
  • VINIFICATION: in stainless steel with maceration on the skins for about 6-8 days at a temperature of 24-25 °C (75- 79°F). After malolactic fermentation, the wine fines for about 2 months in tanks and then for almost 3 months in the bottle.
  • ANALYTICAL DATA: alcohol 12.82 % vol., total acidity: 5.4 g/l., pH: 3.39

Tasting Notes

Brilliant ruby red with purple hues, Sherazade 2015 is characterized by a pleasantly fruity bouquet with aromas of strawberries and blackberries, combined with flowery scents of violets. The entry on the palate is full and fleshy, with mulberry and sour cherry notes, pleasantly refreshed by acidic verve. A fragrant red, soft tannins,perfect to sip from the glass.

We suggest it with fish soup, pizza or classic tomato spaghetti.

  • GRAPE: Nero d'Avola.
  • PRODUCTION ZONE: South-western Sicily, Contessa Entellina Estate and nearby areas.
  • TERRAINS: altitude from 200 to 600 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%.
  • VINEYARD: VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) training with spurred cordon pruning g, leaving 6 to 10 buds per plant. Planting density of about 5,000 plants per hectare and yields of about 7.5 tons (3 tons an acre); about 1.4 kg per plant
  • VINTAGE 2015: Up to the end of June, the 2015 vintage was characterized by a climatic trend that was cooler and rainier than seasonal averages. Overall, from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015, rainfall reached 763 mm compared to the 656 average of the last 10 years. In July the maximum temperatures recorded were higher than the average values for the period which favored the ripening process of the grapes. The considerable temperature fluctuations between day and night favored the concentration of aromatic precursors in the grapes.
  • HARVESTING: The Nero d’Avola destined for the production of Sherazade was harvested in the first ten days of September.
  • VINIFICATION: in stainless steel with maceration on the skins for about 6-8 days at a temperature of 24-25 °C (75- 79°F). After malolactic fermentation, the wine fines for about 2 months in tanks and then for almost 3 months in the bottle.
  • ANALYSIS DATA: alcohol 12.86 %, total acidity 5. g/l, 4pH 3.45.

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