Zisola is made only from traditional "Alberello" (bushy) vines grown near Noto, an unique area to make wine. The proximity of the sea and the soil rich in limestone allow to best balance the natural Nero d'Avola exuberance, with a great freshness and elegance.
Winery location: Noto, Sicilia
Grape varieties: Nero d'Avola
Total acidity: 5.78‰
Vineyards location: 130 m.a.s.l.; S/E exposure
Soil: Medium texture, calcareous and mineral
Vineyards age: 10 - 15 years
Training system: Head-pruned bush vines
Nr. of vines per hectare: 5.550 plants
Harvest: Hand picked from September 6th
Fermentation temperature: 26 - 28 °C
Period of maceration: 14 - 16 days
Ageing: 10 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt / 33% new)
Bottling: September 2019
Available on the market: December 2019
Production: 115000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt
First vintage: 2004
Ageing potential: Up to 10 years
Key descriptors: Well built, forest fruits and sunny orange peel flavors, long and layered taste
Food pairing: Spicy fish soups, savoury pasta and rice dishes, grilled red meats and vegetables
After a 2017 year characterised by severe drought, but with temperatures lower than the average, 2018 began with little rain which, however, did not affect the shoot growth from the end of March.
Spring was mild until May, when the climate dramatically changed, with a drop in temperature and very strong rainfall. Summer, too, was quite temperate, with many heavy showers; therefore, the harvest was postponed for 15 days.
This climatic trend continued throughout September, with mild temperatures during the day and cool ones at night, which favoured the proper ripening of the grapes. The result is satisfactory and confirms the results obtained in the previous years, with very elegant wines.
Beginning of the harvest: August 22nd
End of the harvest: September 28th
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 273 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4130 °C