Awarded a Platinum medal and 98 points at the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).
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The 2017 vintage was awarded a Platinum medal and 97 points at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details and review).
The 2016 vintage was awarded a Platinum medal and 98 points at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details)
The 2016 vintage was also awarded 97 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2019 article on producer Donnafugata (see blue link below).
Donnafugata, Ben Rye 2016 - May 2019 Decanter review
The 2015 vintage was awarded a Platinum Medal, 97 points and Best in Show status at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).
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. Today, Donnafugata has three estates in Sicily. Donnafugata means 'fleeing woman' and is a reference to Queen Maria Carolina, who escaped the court of Naples in the early 19th Century with her husband, Ferdinand IV of Bourbon, when Napoleon's troops arrived. The couple took refuge in Sicily at the Santa Margherita Belice palace, also the favourite residence of celebrated writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and depicted on the 'Mille e Una Notte' label.
To see an excellent information sheet and tasting note for this wine produced by the team at Donnafugata, please click on the blue link below.
Donnafugata Ben Ryé 2018 - fiche technique
100% Zibibbo (Muscat of Alexandria).
Brilliant amber in colour, Ben Ryé is wonderfully fresh and complex. The bouquet is intense and fragrant - aromas of apricots and candied citrus zest combine with notes of Mediterranean thyme and rosemary. The palate is well-defined and intense, with pleasant sweetness well balanced by fresh acidity and great minerality. The finish is long and persistent - a captivating Passito di Pantelleria.