Zisola


Azisa

Sicilia DOC

The beauty of the white in Sicilia

Azisa, the word that gives rise to the name Zisola, also means "beautiful", an adjective that describes in one single word the character of this wine made from grapes of Grillo and Catarratto.
Winery: Zisola
Winery location: Noto, Sicilia
Grape varieties: 50% Grillo, 50% Catarratto
Alcohol: 12.73%
Total acidity: 6.00‰
Vineyards location: 130 m.a.s.l.; S/E exposure
Soil: Medium texture, calcareous and mineral
Training system: Head-pruned bush vines
Nr. of vines per hectare: 5.550 plants
Harvest: Hand picked from September 1st (Grillo), September 8th (Catarratto)
Fermentation temperature: 15 °C
Bottling: January 2017
Available on the market: March 2017
Production: 38000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt
First vintage: 2014
Key descriptors: Aromatic, fresh, flower and citrus notes, pleasantly dry and mineral
Food pairing: Light starters (anchovies with orange), Pasta with seafood (spaghetti with sardines), Grilled vegetables (peppers in sweet and sour)

Technical sheet

Vintage

This vintage was characterised by a strong drought: in fact, after the rain at the end of October 2015 and until spring, the rainfall was just 49 mm, with winter temperatures above 6° C and a following active growth occurring at least ten days earlier than the average. This anticipation has been observed until the second week of August when, with great concern, heavy showers adjusted the proper trend of the vintage and hydrated the plants. It is surely worth mentioning the two heat waves that hit Sicily: the first was recorded between June and July and the second at the beginning of August, reaching 42° C.
Generally, the cycle of vegetation were initially subjected to warm temperatures during the day and cold ones at night, which started the blossoming and the flowering ten days earlier than the previous vintage (which started in the second half of May), followed by a good fruit setting; the veraison, too, was anticipated with respect to the seasonal average.
This climatic and weather trend granted the good health both of the vines and the bunches, which were characterised by a strong peel just before the harvest. The result was very satisfying and represented a step forward compared to the previous vintages with wines rich in colorants and strong acidity.
Beginning of the harvest: 31/08
End of the harvest: 27/09
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 225 mm
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Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4,202°C
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Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th)
Evaluation: Outstanding