Donnafugata, ‘Bell’Assai’ Frappato di Vittoria
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The Rallo family has made wine in Marsala, Sicily, since 1851. They were one of the first families to begin making high quality table wine when sales of traditional Marsala started to decline, launching the Donnafugata label in 1983 and championing the potential of the region’s native varieties. Today, Donnafugata has four estates in Sicily.
The vineyards for this wine are located in Acate, in south-east Sicily, at an altitude of 120-150 metres above sea level. The gently sloping terrains have sandy soils with a substratum of calcareous tuff and clay. Vines are trained to vertical shoot position with cordon pruning, leaving 6-10 buds per plant.
On arrival at the winery, the grapes were fermented in stainless-steel tanks with maceration on the skins for about 8-9 days at a temperature of 24-25C. After malolactic fermentation, the wine aged in tank for four months and then in bottle for at least three months before release.
Brilliant ruby red with violet reflections, Bell’Assai offers a fragrant bouquet with intense flowery notes of violets and roses combined with aromas of fresh strawberries and raspberries. On the palate, it shows great freshness supported by soft tannins.