Donnafugata Sedàra

Sicilia DOC, Sicilia

Sedàra 2018 offers a fruity and pleasantly spicy bouquet. A glass of quality, perfect for everyday drinking.

Tasting Notes

Ruby red, Sedàra 2018 offers a fruity bouquet with scents of cherry and plum combined with a light spicy note of black pepper. The palate displays good structure with smooth tannins and a pleasant freshness. A soft red, versatile for food pairing, perfect for every day.

Serve with Lasagne, roast chicken, Barbeque and tex-mex style tacos.

Sedàra 2017 offers a fruity and pleasantly spicy bouquet. A glass of quality, perfect for everyday drinking.

Tasting Notes

Ruby red, Sedàra 2017 offers a fruity bouquet with scents of cherry and plum combined with a light spicy note of black pepper. The palate displays good structure with suave tannins and pleasant freshness. A soft red, versatile for food pairing, perfect for every day.

Serve with Lasagne, chicken cacciatora, BBQ, seared tuna, savory pie. Serve it in goblets of medium size; uncorked at the time of serving; excellent at 16-18°C (61-64°F).

  • DENOMINATION: Red Sicilia DOC
  • GRAPE: Nero d’Avola (the primary grape) along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and other grapes PRODUCTION ZONE: South-western Sicily, Contessa Entellina Estate and nearby areas. TERRAINS & CLIMATE: 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%. 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 10 buds per plant. Planting density of about 5,000 plants per hectare and with yields of 8.0 - 9.0 tons/ha (3.2 - 3.6 tons/acres).
  • VINTAGE: At Contessa Entellina in the year 2017, 555 mm of rain was recorded, a figure that is slightly below the average*(661 mm) of this territory. Since rainfall was mainly concentrated in autumn and winter, during the summer months of June and July, we intervened with emergency irrigation. Thus the vineyards were able to complete the vegetation-production cycle in a regular manner. Regarding temperatures, between July and August, values were higher than seasonal averages and this resulted in the ripening of all the varieties cultivated in the area 1-2 weeks earlier than usual. In in this period of the summer, good temperature ranges between day and night have given healthy grapes with an excellent aromatic and phenolic maturation. Furthermore, there was a quantitative decrease of about 15% compared to the company average. Thanks to a careful management of agronomic practices and vinifications, the quality of the vintage is positive: the ideal phenolic ripeness given reds of great elegance. (*VINTAGE: in Contessa Entellina we consider the period from October 1 to September 30; RAINFALL: average obtained from SIAS, (Sicilian Agrometeorological Service), the average is calculated at Contessa Entellina from the harvest 2003).
  • HARVESTING: The harvest of the grapes destined for Sedàra began in the second half of August with Merlot and Syrah, followed by Nero D’Avola and concluded in the first week of September with Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • VINIFICATION: in stainless steel with maceration on the skins for about 6-8 days at a temperature of 25-28 °C (77-82°F). After malolactic fermentation, the wine fines for about 9 months in cement tanks and then for almost 7 months in the bottle.
  • ANALYSIS DATA: alcohol 13.55% ABV, total acidity 4.8 g/l, pH 3.57

Sedàra 2016 offers a fruity and pleasantly spicy bouquet. A glass of quality, perfect for everyday drinking.

Tasting Notes

Ruby red, Sedàra 2016 offers a fruity bouquet with aromas of blackberries and blueberries combined with a light spicy note of black pepper. The palate displays good structure with suave tannins and pleasant freshness. A soft red, versatile for food pairing, perfect for every day.

Serve with lasagne, chicken cacciatora, BBQ, seared tuna.

  • GRAPE: Nero d’Avola (the primary grape) along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and other grapes
  • PRODUCTION ZONE: Southwestern 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 with yields of 8.0 - 9.0 tons/ha (3.2 - 3.6 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 harvest of the grapes destined for Sedàra began at the end of August with the Merlot and continued through the first two weeks of September, with the harvest of Syrah, Nero d’Avola and Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • VINIFICATION: in stainless steel with maceration on the skins for about 6-8 days at a temperature of 25-28 °C (77-82°F). After malolactic fermentation, the wine fines for about 9 months in cement tanks and then for almost 6 months in the bottle.
  • ANALYSIS DATA: alcohol 13.15% ABV, total acidity 4.9 g/l, pH 3.56

Tasting Notes

Sedàra 2015 offers a fruity bouquet with scents of blackberries and blueberries combined with a light spicy note of black pepper. The palate displays good structure with suave tannins and pleasant freshness. A soft red, versatile for food pairing, perfect for every day.

Serve with lasagna, chicken cacciatore, BBQ, seared tuna.

  • GRAPE: Nero d’Avola (the primary grape) along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and other grapes
  • 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, leaving 6 to 10 buds per plant. Planting density of about 5,000 plants per hectare and with yields of 8.0 - 9.0 tons/ha (3.2 - 3.6 tons/acres).
  • 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 2014to 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 harvest of the grapes destined for Sedàra began at the end of August with the Merlot and continued through the first two weeks of September, with the harvest of Syrah, Nero d’Avola and Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • VINIFICATION: in stainless steel with maceration on the skins for about 6-8 days at a temperature of 25-28 °C (77-82°F). After malolactic fermentation, the wine fines for about 9 months in cement tanks and then for almost 6 months in the bottle.
  • ANALYSIS DATA: alcohol 13.43% ABV, total acidity 5.0 g/l, pH 3.58

Tasting Notes

Sedàra 2014 offers a fragrant bouquet with pleasant red fruit aromas of cherry and plum enlivened by a spicy note of black pepper. In the mouth, we find a perfect harmony between nose and palate, soft tannins. A pleasant red, versatile for food pairing, perfect for every day.

Serve with pasta dishes with meat sauces, elaborate baked pasta dishes and red meats. Try the wine with seared red tuna.

  • Grapes: Nero d’Avola (the primary grape) along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and other grapes.
  • 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).
  • Training and pruning: VSP (vertical shoot positioning); 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); about 1.6 kg per plant.
  • Vintage: 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 harvest of the grapes destined for Sedàra began at the end of August with the Merlot and continued through the first two weeks of September, with the harvest of Syrah, Nero d’Avola and Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Fermentation: in stainless steel with maceration on the skins for about 10 days at a temperature of 25-28 °C (77-82°F).
  • Aging: after malolactic fermentation, the wine fines for about nine months in cement tanks and then for almost 6 months in the bottle.
  • Analysis data: alcohol 13.60% ABV, total acidity 5.40 g/l, pH 3.7

  • 88

    points

    Wine Enthusiast, February 2021

    "Made primarily with Nero d'Avola along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and other varieties, this has aromas of toasted nut, grilled herb, eucalyptus and blue flower. On the bright, savory palate, pulverized tannins accompany dried black cherry, prune and hints of baking spices."

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

  • 91

    points

    James Suckling, December 2020

    "Dried cherries, tobacco, liquorice and dried orange peel on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with elegant, fine tannins and a savory, lightly bitter finish. Juicy and jammy. Drink or hold."

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

  • 88

    points

    Wine Advocate, October 2019

    "This is a Sicilian blend that is mostly Nero d'Avola enhanced with smaller parts Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The entry-level Sicilia Sedàra clearly shows a more international personality with the noticeable softness of the Merlot and Syrah as well as some of the natural structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon. No oak is used. The wine's inner fiber is succulent and soft. Pair this versatile wine with your favorite grilled meats. Some 300,000 bottles were produced."

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

  • 89

    points

    Wine Enthusiast, February 2019

    ""

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

  • 91

    points

    James Suckling, June 2019

    "A ripe and juicy wine with sour-cherry and berry character. Hints of almonds. Medium body. Flavorful finish. Drink now."

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

  • 91

    points

    Vinous, August 2019

    "Deep red. Ripe aromas of red cherry and Oriental spices. Then fresh and juicy, but with a luscious quality to the super-ripe red and black cherry flavors that turn more austere in the middle. Finishes long and suave. This smells and tastes a lot like the 2018 Sherazade, only made from riper grapes. A blend of Nero d’Avola mostly, plus Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah."

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

  • 87

    Points

    Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, July 2018

    "Hints of smoke and grilled herb form a savory underpinning to the crushed cherry and strawberry fruit in this lightly chewy, medium-bodied red. Nero d'Avola with others. Drink now. 1,800 cases imported."

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

  • 88

    points

    Wine Advocate, December 2018

    "The entry-level 2016 Sicilia Sedàra presents the Nero d'Avola grape in a simple and straightforward manner. You will recognize varietal tones of black cherry, scorched earth and toasted pistachio. This warm vintage sports mild sweetness and rich fruit fiber. This is a mid-weight red wine for near-term consumption."

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

  • 89

    Points

    Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, June 2018

    "Graphite, licorice and wild berry aromas carry over to the soft polished palate along with clove and ripe blackberry. Smooth tannins give it a silky mouthfeel. It's made to be enjoyed young so drink soon."

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

  • 90

    Points

    James Suckling, James Suckling, October 2018

    "A fresh and fruity red with raspberries, herbs and red licorice. Medium body, medium-chewy tannins and a bright finish. Drink now."

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

  • 91

    points

    Vinous, August 2019

    "Luminous dark ruby. Flinty small dark berries, licorice and minerals on the nose and in the mouth. Clean and fresh, with a steely spine; finishes long, clean and vibrant, with a mineral bent. I like this."

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

  • 87

    Points

    Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, June 2017

    "An easy-drinking, balanced red, with light, well-knit tannins and subtle notes of raspberry, dried thyme and citrus peel. Clean-cut and lightly chewy on the finish. Nero d'Avola. Drink now through 2019. 3,000 cases imported.—A.N."

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

  • 90

    Points

    James Suckling, James Suckling, October 2017

    "A fresh and juicy red with plum and berry character. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Drink now."

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

  • 90

    Points

    Ian D'Agata, Vinous, September 2017

    "Dark ruby. Spicy bittersweet aromas and flavors of herbs, black cherry and spices. Long suave and spicy, with plenty of early appeal. (13.5% alcohol)"

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

  • 87

    Points

    Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, March 2016

    "Here's an easygoing red that opens with aromas of dark-skinned berry and baking spice. The soft, round palate yields juicy black cherry, ground black pepper and freshness. It's made to be drunk young so enjoy soon."

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

  • 89+

    Points

    Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, December 2015

    "This is an easy-drinking expression of Nero d'Avola, but one that impresses nonetheless. The 2014 Sicilia Sedàra opens to a dark ruby and purple color with fresh aromas of cherry fruit, blackberry and dark plum. The wine is true to its varietal characteristics and you get distant notes of crushed almonds and pistachio at the back. The 2014 vintage offers very good quality at this attractive price point."

    Close Review

    Read Full Review

TRADE & MEDIA ASSETS /////////////////

2017 Donnafugata Sedàra – James Suckling Shelf Talker

2018 Donnafugata Sedàra – Tasting notes

2017 Donnafugata Sedàra – Tasting notes

2016 Donnafugata Sedàra – James Suckling Shelf Talker

2016 Donnafugata Sedàra – James Suckling Sell Sheet

Donnafugata Sedàra – New Label

Donnafugata Sedàra – New Label – Non-Vintage – Bottle

2016 Donnafugata Sedàra – Tasting Notes

Donnafugata Digital Brochure

2016 Donnafugata Sedàra – Tasting notes

Donnafugata Photography – Anthìlia and Sedàra beauty shot – portrait

Donnafugata Photography – Anthìlia and Sedàra beauty shot

Donnafugata Photography – Sedàra Beauty shot

Donnafugata Properties – Sicily map

2015 Donnafugata Sedàra – Tasting notes

Donnafugata Sedàra – Non-Vintage – Old Label

Donnafugata Sedàra – Non-Vintage – Old Label – Bottle

2014 Donnafugata Sedàra – Tasting Notes

Donnafugata Photography – Contessa Entellina winery

Donnafugata Photography – Rallo family

Donnafugata Logo