Made from a blend of Nero D'Avola and Frappato grape varieties from old vines that at between 300 and 600m above sea level. The frappato is picked at optimum maturity with the Nero d'Avola grapes left on the vine to lightly with and natura
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Deep ruby in colour, it has a complex, intriguing array of aromas: toasted bread, cigar box, fresh tea, plums and Eastern spices. On the palate, there are mature fruits: plums, figs and cherries with hints of tea leaves and dark chocolate. The wine is intense; the first taste releasing complex notes of currants, cherries and spice, with a hint of game and finishing with a cleansing acidity. Their first indications were that the 2003 vintage would be full-bodied, powerful with great length and 7 years later upon release in 2010, they were proven right: these are the defining characteristics of 2003.
The 2003 harvest was a unique experience and two words can aptly summarise it: Alcohol & Acidity – this vintage is rich in both. After a rainy winter (records show that it was the rainiest year in 15 years), from mid April onwards not a drop of rain fell and it became hot and sunny. In May when flowering started, a 10 day heat wave reduced the harvest quantity by about 30%. This phenomenon was responsible for the concentration of sugar and acidity in the grapes. July and August were not as hot as they used to be in years gone by and certainly not as hot as it was in Europe in 2003. The harvest started on the 4th September and the grapes were very healthy with good maturity and ripeness.
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|wine style||Full Bodied Red|
|wine grape||Cabernet Sauvignon|