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The wine is brilliant straw yellow in colour. On the nose, SurSur offers notes of stone fruit, especially peach, combined with intriguing scents of wild flowers and cut grass. The palate is soft and fragrant and offers perfect harmony between aroma and taste.
Sur Sur DOC Grillo
The Rallo family has made wine in Marsala since 1851 and their ancient cellars tunnel beneath the city. They were one of the first families to begin making high quality table wine when sales of traditional Marsala started to decline, launching the Donnafugata label in 1983 and championing the potential of the region’s native varieties. Today, Donnafugata has four estates in Sicily: a modern winery and 283 hectares at Contessa Entellina in the hills east of Marsala; 36 hectares in Vittoria to the south eastern point of the island; 68 hectares on the island of Pantelleria; and 18 hectares on the slopes of Etna. Donnafugata means ‘fleeing woman’ and is a reference to Queen Maria Carolina, who escaped the court of Naples in the early 19th century with her husband, Ferdinand IV of Bourbon, when Napoleon’s troops arrived. The couple took refuge in Sicily at the Santa Margherita Belice palace, also the favourite residence of celebrated writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and depicted on the ‘Mille e una Notte’ label.
SurSur is made from Grillo grapes planted on the Contessa Entellina estate and neighbouring areas. Vines are planted at 200-600 metres above sea level, with approximately 4,500-6,000 vines per hectare. The vines are trained using vertical shoot positioning and pruning is cordon spur, leaving 6-10 buds per vine. Soils are mainly clay loam with a limestone content of 20-35%.
Grapes were gently pressed at arrival to the winery, the must was fermented in stainless-steel tanks at a temperature of 14-16°C. After fermentation the wine aged for two months in tank and then at least three months in bottle before release.