Marsala Riserva Storica 1988
This selected blend of Grillo and Catarratto grapes has been the family’s well-regarded secret for years. Bright, gold coloured wine with intense amber hints and a complex nose of dates, apricot syrup and spices. Full, warm and velvety on the palate with notes of sultanas, caramel and burnt almonds and a very long finish. Our Riserva Storico is the perfect elegant dessert or 'meditation' wine.
the vineyards are located in the coastal region of Marsala where grapes have a higher propensity to natural oxidation and higher natural sugar levels, which gives elegance and richness to our wine.
The summer was very dry and warm and by mid to late September, expectations were high for a very good vintage. An excellent year in Sicily that produced as a result this eclectic wine which is an expression of harmony.
The process requires soft pressing and slow fermentation at a controlled temperature of 20 -25 °C. To the base wine, which is pale yellow in colour, is added table wine, mistella (fresh grape must with alcohol) and mosto cotto (cooked must). This complex mixture, together with the final alcohol content and the desired sugar level, gives us the traditional “Marsala” flavour.
|Variety:||Grillo and Cataratto|
|Region:||Contrada Chirchiaro and Baiata, Western Sicily.|
|Appearance:||Intense gold with shades of Amber|
|Nose:||Note of toasted almond, cloves and cinnamon.|
|Palate:||Smooth with a full velvety body of dried fruit with a long lasting elegant spicy finish.|
|Music Pairing:||Marcus Miller - Moonlight Sonata ( Live) / http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhbi8GSsqrU|
|Maturation & Cellaring:||Small slavonian casks or pipes, for at least 22 years|
|Food Pairing:||One of the best matches is with soft cheese and garnished toast canapés as an aperitif. Excellent wine even for drinking after meals recommended with fine pastries or ice cream. Suggested to serve in a medium tulip glass at a slightly cool temperature of 15 °C|
|Harvest Date:||September 1988|
|Bottling Date:||September 2011|
|Technical Info:||Alc: 18% TA: 4.5g/l RS: 40g/l pH: 3.4|