Donnafugata, Sherazade Nero d'Avola, 2021
Region: Sicily, Italy
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: Nero d'Avola
Brilliant ruby red with violet hues. On the nose, Sherazade has a bouquet of fragrant red plum and cherry with light spicy and balsamic scents. The palate is soft and enveloping with smooth tannins and a spicy fruit profile that reflects the nose and reveals extraordinary freshness.
The fruit for Sherazade comes from South-western Sicily. The vineyards are planted on clay loam soils, rich in nutritive elements and total limestone from 20 to 35%. The altitude is between 200 - 400 metres above sea level. Since the 2009 vintage, Sherazade has been made solely from Nero d'Avola grapes, which are planted at approximately 5,000 vines per hectare, trained using vertical shoot positioning and spur pruned.
The Rallo family has made wine in Marsala since 1851 and their ancient cellars tunnel beneath the city. 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.