Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status - and classed as the month's Must-Try Red - by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2019 review of Festive Wines (see blue link below).
Donnafugata Sul Vulcano Etna Rosso 2016 - January 2019 Decanter review
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 four estates in Sicily: a modern winery and 283 hectares at Contessa Entellina in the hills east of Marsala; 36 hectares in Vittoria to the south eastern point of the island; 68 hectares on the island of Pantelleria; and 18 hectares on the slopes of Etna. 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.
This wine is 100% Nerello Mascalese.
Pale ruby red in the glass, this wine offers an elegant bouquet of wild berry notes, floral scents and delicate nuances of cinnamon and nutmeg. These characteristics continue through to the palate, supported by freshness and harmonious tannins. The finish is long and balanced.
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 Sul Vulcano Etna Rosso 2016 - fiche technique