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Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito di Pantelleria Wine 2014 37.5 cl

4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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  • Joe Fattorini's Tasting Note: "This wine's candied orange aroma and tangy-sweetness hint at an ancient style of wind-dried wine. The 'Dammusi' house on the label and name (derived from the Arabic 'Son of the wind') hint at the waves of invaders on this Sicilian island. Great with little pastries like Sicilian Cannoli with candied fruit."
  • The Ben Rye is a bright amber in the glass. The ample and round bouquet opens with aromas of fresh apricots and candied orange peel on a background of aromatic herbs.
  • On the palate, the sweetness is well balanced by crisp acidity and great length.
  • Awards: 91 points, Wine Spectator.
  • Food Pairing Suggestions: Perfect partner for foie gras and blue cheeses as well as with ricotta filled desserts or gianduia chocolate.
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Technical Details
Product Dimensions30.8 x 23.4 x 12 cm
Item model numberVi07111A
Volume375 ml
Country of originItaly
Alcohol Content14.5 % Vol
TypeWhite Wine
Dominant VarietalMixed Case
Region Produced InSicily
Varietal Composition100% Zibibbo
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Best Sellers Rank 40,797 in Grocery (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.1 Kg
Date First Available21 May 2014

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Donnafugata 'Ben Ryé' Passito di Pantelleria Wine is bright and amber in the glass. The ample and round bouquet opens with aromas of fresh apricots and candied orange peel on a balsamic background of aromatic herbs. On the palate the caressing sweetness is well balanced by crisp acidity. An extremely long and satisfying persistence.

A modern take on the classic Moscato Passito, the name Ben Ryé 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 and cover 68 hectares. Vines are over 100 years old and are ungrafted. Soils are volcanic in origin, very loose and mineral rich. Yields are approximately four tonnes per hectare.

2011 in Pantelleria was characterised by a long summer. Harvest began on August 17th- first with the picking of those grapes that are left to dry naturally on the vine and then on the 23rd for those used in the production of the must. These favourable weather conditions permitted healthy grapes with great aromatic intensity.

Grapes from the later ripening vineyards were chilled and pressed with the dried grapes added at intervals during fermentation, which took place in temperature controlled stainless steel. The wine remained in stainless steel for four months, followed by six months in bottle after blending. Four kilos of grapes produced one litre of Ben Ryé. Total production was approximately 80,000 bottles. It comes with the vintage information as follows: Vintage: 2011; Grape varieties: 100%Zibibbo; Region: Pantelleria; Winemaker: Stefano Valla; Consultant Winemaker: Carlo Ferrini; Closure: Natural Cork; Alcohol(ABV): 14.5%; Acidity: nag a; Residual Sugar: 198g/l; Wine pH: 3.84; Bottle Sizes: 37.5cl, 75cl.

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A really good desert wine, rather like Tokay. A must buy for next Christmas.
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great dessert wine, one you have to try to believe that taste, and its dark amber colour, one tried youd never forget
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