Donnafugata Floramundi

Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG, Sicilia

Floramundi 2017 is a refined Cerasuolo di Vittoria with a flowery soul. A red with intriguing aromatic depth, fresh and fleshy, it offers a fruity and flowery bouquet, pleasantly spicy.

Tasting Notes

Brilliant cerasa (cherry in Sicilian), it offers an ample and fragrant bouquet with intense notes of red fruit (raspberries, strawberries and redcurrants) and pink flowers, combined with evident spicy scents of black pepper. The palate is fresh, fleshy and round, thanks to the soft tannins and pleasant persistence. A refined red with intriguing aromatic depth.

Perfect to sip by the glass, it pairs with tasty first courses and grilled meat. It is also perfect with red tuna steak, roasted amberjack or other fish baked in the oven. Try with gourmet pizzas.

  • GRAPES: Nero d’Avola and Frappato
  • PRODUCTION ZONE: south-east Sicily, in the territory of Acate.
  • TERRITORIES: altitude 120-150 meters a.s.l.; gently sloping terrains; soils tending towards sandy interspersed with a substratum of calcareous tuff and medium-textured soils, tending towards clayey; pH 7.7, total limestone 21%.
  • VINEYARD: VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) training with spurred cordon pruning, leaving 6 to 10 buds per plant. Planting density 4,000-4,500 plants per hectare; yields of 70-80 quintals/hectare.
  • VINTAGE 2017: in Acate (Vittoria), in the 2017 vintage 496 mm of rainfall was recorded that corresponds to the average figure* for the territory (495 mm); however, temperatures were higher than average, particularly between July and August. Thanks to the emergency irrigation and careful crop load management, healthy and perfectly ripe grapes were produced. The climatic trend of the vintage resulted in ripening about 10 days earlier than usual. Overall there was drop in production of about 10%. (*rainfall data obtained from Sicilian
  • Agrometeorological Service, the station in Acate, since 2007.)
  • HARVESTING: the Nero d’Avola harvest began on 30/8 and concluded on 5/9, while that of Frappato began on 5/9 and concluded on 7/9.
  • VINIFICATION: fermentation in stainless steel with maceration on the skins for about 10 days at a temperature of 25°- 28° C. After malolactic fermentation, aging in tank for 8 months and then in bottle for at least 7 months.
  • ANALYTICAL DATA: alcohol 13.25 % vol., total acidity: 5.2 g/l., pH: 3.54.

Floramundi 2016 is a refined Cerasuolo di Vittoria with a flowery soul. A red with intriguing aromatic depth, fresh and fleshy, it offers a fruity and flowery bouquet, pleasantly spicy.

Tasting Notes

Brilliant cerasa (cherry in Sicilian), it offers an ample and fragrant bouquet with intense notes of red fruit (raspberries, strawberries and redcurrants) and pink flowers, combined with evident spicy scents of black pepper. The palate is fresh, fleshy and round, thanks to the soft tannins and pleasant persistence. A refined red with intriguing aromatic depth.

Perfect to sip by the glass, it pairs with tasty first courses and grilled meat. It is also perfect with red tuna steak, roasted amberjack or other fish baked in the oven. Try with gourmet pizzas.

  • GRAPES: Nero d’Avola and Frappato
  • PRODUCTION ZONE: south-east Sicily, in the territory of Acate.
  • TERRITORIES: altitude 120-150 meters a.s.l.; gently sloping terrains; soils tending towards sandy interspersed with a substratum of calcareous tuff and medium-textured soils, tending towards clayey; pH 7.7, total limestone 21%.
  • VINEYARD: VSP (Vertival Shoot Positioning) training with spurred cordon pruning, leaving 6 to 10 buds per plant. Planting density 4,000-4,500 plants per hectare; yields of 70-80 quintals/hectare.
  • VINTAGE 2016: 2016 was a vintage with less rainfall (200 mm) than average, but characterized by a normal climatic trend. Temperatures were normal, without excessive peaks, with a wide variation between day and night temperatures thanks to the “thermal breezes”. The low rainfall and drier climate affected yields that were slightly lower than average. A sunny harvest, allowing for the production of very healthy grapes, perfectly ripe from an aromatic and phenolic point of view.
  • HARVESTING: the Frappato and Nero d’Avola were harvested during the second ten days of September.
  • VINIFICATION: fermentation in stainless steel with maceration on the skins for about 10 days at a temperature of 25°- 28° C (77- 82°F). After malolactic fermentation, aging in tank for 9 months and then in bottle for at least 3 months.
  • ANALYTICAL DATA: alcohol 13.30 % vol., total acidity: 5.2 g/l., pH: 3.41.

  • 91

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    Wine Advocate, October 2019

    "The pretty 2017 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Floramundi is a blend of Nero d'Avola and Frappato that shows a tight, luminous and snappy personality. This is a red wine to drink with snapper or shellfish. It opens to a medium ruby color and lean consistency with wild berry aromas, blueberry, wild rose and a playful touch of bitter almond. Some 89,000 bottles were made."

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  • 92

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    James Suckling, June 2019

    "Vivid fruit here with crushed strawberries, cherries and lemons, following through to a medium body, firm but light tannins and a crisp finish. Drink now."

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  • 92

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    Vinous, August 2019

    "Bright deep red. Perfumed aromas of violet, cinnamon and red berries. Then rich, dense and suave but with lively acidity lifting the inner-mouth perfume of the red berry and red cherry flavor. Finishes long and floral. Lovely Cerasuolo di Vittoria with sneaky concentration and real refinement."

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  • 92

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    Wine & Spirits, October 2020

    "Best Buy. A hot, dry 2017 summer required some emergency irrigation in Donnafugata's Vittoria vineyards. They began harvest ten days earlier than usual and lost about ten percent of the crop, but the grapes that remained produced a delicious red packed with flavors of juicy plum, rasberry, and rhubarb. Cool acidity freshens the flavors and draws them out on a long, harmonious finish."

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  • 88

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    Wine Spectator, 2018

    "A supple red, light- to medium-bodied and fresh, with delicate notes of strawberry preserves, blood orange zest and red licorice. Light tannins firm the spiced finish. Drink now through 2020. 700 cases imported.  "

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  • 91

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    Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, June 2018

    "Intense aromas of white pepper and crushed strawberry follow over to the fresh savory palate along with juicy raspberry and clove. It's elegant anf fresh, with soft supple tannins. It's already accessible to enjoy over the next few years."

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  • 91

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    Wine Enthusiast, June 2018

    "Intense aromas of white pepper and crushed strawberry follow over to the fresh savory palate along with juicy raspberry and clove. It's elegant anf fresh, with soft supple tannins. It's already accessible to enjoy over the next few years."

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    Wine Advocate, October 2019

    "This is another new wine from the folks at Donnafugata who have recently enlarged their portfolio of Sicilian wines to include Etna. The 2016 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Floramundi is a delicate red wine from the Vittoria area in the southeast of the island. It's floral and graceful with pressed violets and rose hip, a highly accessible and easy wine that does not lack in either complexity or sophistication. Like a Burgundian wine, this blend of Frappato and Nero d'Avola gives you power and strength, delivered with the grace of a ballet."

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    Wine Enthusiast, February 2019

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