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Donnafugata,`Ben Ryé` Passito di Pantelleria

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Region: Sicily
Vintage: 2013
Grape Varieties:
Zibibbo 100% Colour: Dessert Wine
Alcohol Level: 14.5%
Production Style: Conventional
Closure: Natural Cork

Availability: In stock


Bottle Size: 375ml half bottle
2013 Ben Rye 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.

The Domaine
They were one of the first families to begin making high quality table wine when sales of traditional sweet Marsala started to decline, launching the Donnafugata label in 1983 and championing some the region‘s native grape varieties. Today, they have two estates in Sicily: a modern winery and 260 hectares at Contessa Entellina in the hills east of Marsala and 68 hectares on the island of Pantelleria. Donnafugata means ‘fleeing woman’ - a reference to Queen Maria Carolina who, with her husband Ferdinand IV of Bourbon, escaped the court of Naples in the early 19th century 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.

Food Pairing
Apple-based desserts