Awarded 97 points and a Platinum Best In Category (Best Sweet Southern Italy) at the Decanter World Wine Awards (www.decanter.com): see their August 2017 DWWA supplement (see blue link below).
Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito 2014 - August 2017 Decanter review
Made from Zibibbo grapes, grown on vines trained using the traditional “alberello pantesco” bush-training system, awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO.
Brilliant amber, Ben Ryé 2014 surprises with it freshness and complexity. The bouquet is intense and fragrant: typical aromas of apricots and candied citrus zest combined with balsamic scents of Mediterranean scrub and sweet notes of honey and fresh figs. The palate is well defined and intense, with pleasant sweetness well balanced by a fresh vein of acidity and lively sapidity. It finishes with a lingering persistence. A captivating Passito di Pantelleria, one of the most appreciated Italian sweet wines in the world.
It matches with caramelized duck, paté and blue cheeses. It goes well with pastries and gourmet chocolate like gianduja. Extraordinary alone.