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Donnafugata Ben Rye, Passito di Pantelleria 37.5cl

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Donnafugata Ben Rye, Passito di Pantelleria 37.5cl

£36.00
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A modern take on the classic Moscato Passito, the name Ben Rye derives from the Arabic 'Son of the Wind', after the wind which sweeps round the island. The Zibibbo vines are planted in the traditional style in hollows in the ground and pruned short. Soils are volcanic in origin, very loose and mineral rich.

Characterised by cool temperatures and precipitation throughout the spring, vintage 2011 ended to be less rainy than usual and yields were slightly lower than the average. Healthy and ripe grapes made it possible to produce wines with a bouquet rich in aromas and outstandingly elegant.

Grapes from the later ripening vineyards were chilled and pressed with the dried grapes added at intervals during fermentation. The wine remained in stainless steel for 4 months, followed by 6 in bottle after blending.

Deep amber in colour. Honey and apricots on the nose with some floral notes. Full-bodied, wonderful hints of pastry, almonds and honeyed stone fruits on the palate, a touch of acidity creating a beautifully balanced sweet wine. A very long, lingering finish.
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