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Ruggiero

91 points James Suckling [2016]

Fresh and sapid with scents of spices, licorice, pepper and Mediterranean scrub.

Tech Sheet [PDF]

Typology

red

Classification

DOC Sicily

Grapes

Syrah 100%

Production area

Mazara del Vallo (TP), northwestern Sicily (Italy)

Soil type

clay soil with a good amount of Limestone and balanced content of organic elements and nitrogen

Altitude

100/150 meters a.s.l.

Viticulture

spurred cordon system with a medium-high plant density (5000 plants/ha)

Climate

insular-mediterranean with mild winters and breezy summers

Harvest period

from the end of August to the 1st week of September, depending each year on the ripening of the grapes

Vinification

soft pressing and destemming from 10 up to 15 days, depending on the vintage. The extraction takes place through traditional pumpings. Fermentation temperature 26°C

Ageing

after malolactic fermentation 3/4 months in stainless steel tanks, then in bottle for other 3/4 months

Tasting notes

Visual: intense ruby red with purple hues
Olfactory: scents of spices, licorice, pepper and mediterranean maquis
Taste: freshness and sapididy followed by a lingering spiciness

Pairing

fresh pasta with meat sauce

Serving Temperature

17°/18° C