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Zabu `Il Passo` Nerello Mascalese 2018 (1 x 75cl)

This is a young estate in southwestern Sicily, whose vineyards caught the eye and winemaking talents of Valentino Sciotti. Valentino (of Gran Sasso and Vesevo) saw they had great vineyards and a good winery but were missing the necessary expertise to make wines the market required. Valentino and his team of young winemakers have taken the raw materials and transformed them into wines that people want to drink.

The vineyards for Vigneti Zabù were planted in 2005 on the hills around Lake Arancio in Sambuca di Sicilia in southwestern Sicily. The uncontaminated area of Sambuca di Sicilia is a rich land with ancient vineyards. Lake Arancio, with its crystal-clear water, creates a perfect microclimate for viticulture.

The 2017 vintage was characterised by relatively low rainfall, which was mainly concentrated in the autumn and winter months. Higher than average temperatures in July and August caused the grapes to ripen 1-2 weeks earlier than usual. Despite the high temperatures, the good diurnal temperature range ensured healthy grapes with good aromatic and phenolic ripeness.

Harvest for the 2017 vintage began in the first week of September and finish at the beginning of October, which ensured the grapes were ripened fully. The grapes were pressed before a long maceration on the skins. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of 20-22°C. The wine was then aged for up to seven months in French oak barriques before bottling.

This wine is bright ruby red in colour. On the nose, there are intense aromas of red fruits combined with hints of coffee, spice and cocoa thanks to the oak ageing. On the palate, it is vibrant, well-balanced with soft tannins and a long, silky finish.

Bottle Size: 75cl
Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Grape Variety: Nerello Mascalese
Vegan: Yes
Product Code: ITSI0127B18S