Grapes for this wine come from the coastal area of Marsala. The special microclimate created by the cooling maritime breezes allows grapes to reach full ripeness with high levels of sugar but with balancing acidity that gives these wines their typical elegance and richness.
Bunches were destemmed on arrival in the winery. The grapes were then fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel vats at a temperature of 20-25C° for approximately seven days with frequent délestages. The must was fermented to dryness and the skins were left in contact with the wine for another seven days for optimal tannin extraction, very important for the ageing process. The wine was then fortified with alcohol to a total of 19% ABV. The wine was aged for a minimum of 10 years in French oak barriques.
This wine is amber in colour with aromas of tobacco, coconut, toast, preserved apricot, vanilla, honey and liquorice. On the palate, it has elegant acidity and a subtle salinity on the long finish.
Marsala Vergine Riserva 1995 DOC
Established in 1875 by Vito Curatolo Arini, the winery is now run by the fifth generation of Curatolos, making it the oldest family-owned Marsala producing business. Their stunning label was designed by Ernesto Basile, a famous architect in Palermo in the latter part of the 19th century and is very much in the art deco style. The new range of wines under the Curatolo Arini label showcases a great expression of native Sicilian varieties.
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