Donnafugata SurSur

Sicilia DOC, Sicilia

A fresh and fruity Grillo with a youthful spirit, SurSur 2017 is characterized by a fragrant bouquet of tropical fruit and wildflowers.

Tasting Notes

Brilliant straw yellow, SurSur 2017 offers a fresh bouquet with notes of tropical fruit combined with scents of wildflowers. A soft palate, the fruity notes return combined with pleasant freshness.

Pairs perfectly with seafood appetizers, vegetarian first courses and roast fish.

  • GRAPES: Grillo
  • PRODUCTION ZONE: southwest Sicily, Contessa Entellina estate and neighboring areas and in the hilly hinterland between Marsala and Salemi (Baiata, Alfaraggio, Pioppo district).
  • 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. Density 4,500 - 6,000 plants/hectare (1,822-2,429 an acre), 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. The quality of the vintage is very positive: thanks to a careful management of agronomic practices and vinifications, the harvest’s results are whites of extraordinary finesse and aromatic intensity; the ideal phenolic ripeness instead has given reds of great elegance.
  • HARVESTING: The Grillo for the production of SurSur was harvested during the last decade of August.
  • VINIFICATION: Fermentation: in stainless steel, at a temperature of 14-16°C (57-61° F). Aging in tanks for two months and then at least three months in bottle before release.
  • ANALYSIS DATA: alcohol 12.80 % ABV - total acidity 5.3 g/l - pH 3.20

Tasting Notes

Brilliant straw yellow, SurSur 2016 offers a fresh bouquet with fruity notes of white peaches combined with scents of elderflower and rosemary. A soft palate, the fruity notes return combined with pleasant freshness.

This wine matches perfectly with seafood appetizers, vegetarian first courses and roast fish.

  • GRAPES: Grillo
  • PRODUCTION ZONE: south-west Sicily, Contessa Entellina estate and neighboring areas and in the hilly hinterland between Marsala and Salemi ( Baiata, Alfaraggio, Pioppo district).
  • 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. Density 4,500 - 6,000 plants/hectare (1,822-2,429 an acre), 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 Grillo for the production of SurSur was harvested during the second and third week of September.
  • VINIFICATION: Fermentation: in stainless steel, at a temperature of 14-16°C (57-61° F). Aging in tanks for two months and then at least three months in bottle before release.
  • ANALYSIS DATA: alcohol 12.73 % - total acidity 5.2 g/l - pH 3.20

Tasting Notes

Brilliant straw yellow, on the nose SurSur 2015 offers notes of white flesh fruit, especially peach, combined with intriguing scents of wild flowers and cut grass. The palate is soft and fragrant and offers a perfect harmony between aroma and taste.

It matches perfectly with seafood appetizers, vegetarian first courses and roast fish.

  • GRAPES: Grillo
  • PRODUCTION ZONE: south-west Sicily, Contessa Entellina estate and neighboring 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. Density 4,500 - 6,000 plants/hectare (1,822-2,429 an acre), with yields of about 8.5 tons/ha (3.4 tons/acres); 1.7 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 Grillo for the production of SurSur was harvested during the second and third week of September.
  • VINIFICATION: Fermentation: in stainless steel, at a temperature of 14-16°C (57-61° F). Aging in tanks for two months and then at least three months in bottle before release.
  • ANALYSIS DATA: alcohol 12.73 % ABV - total acidity 5.6 g/l - pH 3.22

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Donnafugata SurSur
James Suckling, James Suckling, October 2018

"Fresh herbs, citrus, green apples and lightly reductive elements. Medium body, some fresh acidity and a fruity finish. Drink now."

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Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, June 2018

"Grapefruit, white stone fruit and Mediterranean herb aromas lead the way along with a scent reminiscent of tomato leaf. Bright and juicy, the medium bodied palate does out pineapple, white peach and sage set against crisp acidity. A saline note tops it off."

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Ian D'Agata, Vinous, September 2017

"Bright straw. Simple and clean nose starts herbal then becomes very fruity. Then almost sweet in the mouth, with resiny and herb nuances to the ripe citrus fruit flavors. The finish is medium-long and ripe. (12.5% alcohol)"

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Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, July 2017

"Reviews to be released"

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James Suckling, James Suckling, October 2017

"The lemon and green apple character is dynamic with some melon too. Medium to full body. Good fruit. Flavorful finish. Drink now."

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Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, December 2016

"Fragrant hints of herb and smoke waft through glazed nectarine, star fruit and lime blossom notes in this lithe, snappy white. Stony finish. Drink now through 2018. 1,350 cases imported.–AN"

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Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, August 2016

"Vibrant and savory, this opens with lovely aromas of spring flower, citrus, herb and white stone fruit. The round, juicy palate offers ripe white peach, juicy grapefruit, pineapple and mineral alongside fresh acidity. A saline note backs up the finish."

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