Curatolo Arini Gagliardetta Zibibbo IGT Terre Siciliane 2019
Grape Variety: 100% Zibbibo
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Viticulture: Organic Farming
Climate: Blessed with consistently bright sunshine and reliably moderate rainfall, Sicily’s classic Mediterranean climate is ideally suited to the production of wine grapes. The warm, dry climate means that mildews and rots are kept to a minimum, particularly in well-ventilated areas that benefit from coastal breezes
Terroir: Zibibbo grows in a single vineyard in Western Sicily on the slopes of the hills facing Castellammare del Golfo at approx. 300 m. a.s.l. Medium texture limestone soil combined with the warm air currents coming from the sea is ideal for the ripening process of the grapes. Vines are planted facing South West using the trellis system and guyot pruning
Ageing: Hand-picked on September 3rd. Destemming and skin maceration at 6-8°C for 36 hours, followed by the soft press. Fermentation in Stainless Steel vats at 14°C for 20 days. The wine is then left on its lees for 30 days before being bottled
Color: Bright yellow
Nose: Citrus, orange flowers, mint, sage, acacia and white rose
Palate: Medium-bodied, nice acidity bergamot finish
About the Winery:
This estate is the oldest family-owned Marsala producer in Sicily today. It was founded in 1875 by Vito Curatolo Arini, who added Arini, his mother’s family name, in order to distinguish himself from the many other Curatolos living in his area. The estate has always been linked to high-quality Marsala production and in the late 1970s also started producing still wines from native grapes. The new range of wines under the Curatolo Arini label showcases a great expression of native Sicilian varieties. Light wines from local grapes Grillo, Inzolia, and Cataratto are fortified with white grape spirits in the traditional way and are then cask aged. Made in the traditional way, the Marsala Fine is dry in style and has all the characteristics of good Marsala with notes of toasted almonds, citrus and caramel.
Winemaker Alberto Antonini has also been recently named by Decanter Magazine as one of the ‘Top 5 winemakers in the world’.