Donnafugata Sherazade

Sicilia DOC, Sicilia

Sherazade 2017 is pleasant and fragrant thanks to its red fruit bouquet and caressing tannins: the red you don't expect, also ideal for the aperitivo.

Tasting Notes

Sherazade 2017 has a brilliant ruby red color with violet reflections. The nose offers a pleasantly fruity bouquet with fragrant notes of red plum and cherry, combined with light spicy scents. The palate is fleshy and perfectly reflects the bouquet revealing an extraordinary freshness. The well-integrated tannin, completes this fragrant and pleasant wine.

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

  • DENOMINATION: Red - Nero d'Avola Sicilia DOC
  • 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: 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. Despite the peak temperatures, 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 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 4 months in tanks and then for at least 3 months in the bottle.
  • ANALYTICAL DATA: alcohol 13.05 % vol., total acidity: 5.2 g/l., pH: 3.53

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.

  • 90

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    James Suckling, James Suckling, October 2018

    "A fresh and fruity nero d’avola with elderberry pie, cranberry sauce and raspberry cheesecake. Light to medium body, bright acidity and a tangy finish. Drink now."

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    Ian D'Agata, Vinous, September 2017

    "Dark ruby. Fruity aromas and flavors are complicated by licorice and coffee. Easygoing and soft on the flavorful, medium-long finish. Only 13% alcohol."

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    Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, June 2018

    "This Nero d'Avola opens with aromas of ripe black-skinned berry, Mediterranean brush and cooking spice. The lively palate delivers raspberry jam, black cherry and white pepper alongside velvety tannins. Enjoy through 2020."

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    James Suckling, James Suckling, October 2017

    "A tangy and fresh red with blueberry and orange peel aromas and flavors. Medium body, light tannins and a crisp finish. Drink now."

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    Stephanie Johnson, Wine & Spirits, June 2018

    "This wine's deep magenta hue matches its violet scents and crunchy black plum flavors. Vinified entirely in stainless steel, it feels fresh and juicy, crackling with acidity that keeps the flavors clean and tight to the finish. A great by-the-glass option."

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    Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, January 2016

    "This is light- to medium-bodied and balanced, with tangy raspberry and cherry fruit notes, as well as smoke and licorice accents that linger on the grippy finish. Drink now through 2018. 1,000 cases imported. –AN"

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