Marabino, Archimede, Nero d’Avola, Sicily 2016
About the Wine:
The 2016 Nero d'Avola Archimede is remarkably pretty and seductive, showing cinnamon, clove and dusty rose before evolving further to offer aromas of wild strawberries and wet stone. This is soft and silky in feel, focused on purity, with a lively display of ripe red berries, spices and minerals that seem to hover weightlessly across the palate. Purple-tinged florals, black licorice and hints of blueberry linger incredibly long through the lightly structured and fully satisfying finale. The Archimede is already easy to like, and it should drink beautifully over the next five to seven years.
About the Producer:
Marabino uses biodynamic agriculture to cultivate its orchards, olive groves and vineyards. The well-ripened grapes are selected and harvested by hand, they ferment spontaneously with indigenous yeasts, without using any product or additive in every aspect of winemaking. Their mission is to work in harmony with mother nature, by observing her laws, protecting and respecting the balance of her habitat, thus producing wines that are free from synthetic chemicals from the vineyard to the cellar, while ensuring that they are an expression of the territory in which they were born.
The vineyards extend over thirty hectares in the heart of Noto Valley and are situated on low hills, enjoying a mild microclimate from Autumn to Spring. In Summer the climate is arid and hot with average temperatures reaching some of the highest on the island. This is the territory that boasts of being the sunniest in Europe, with a sky that is always clear and bright. The soil is predominantly calcareous clay containing specific variants, and a chromaticity ranging from white limestone to black clay, having the best mineral elements. The altitude varies between 30 and 80 meters above sea level and is less than 7km from the sea.
94 pts. Vinous.
Age of Vine: 50 years old.
Soil: Clay limestone with fine texture and good skeleton presence.
Altitude above sea level: 30 meters.
Varietal: Nero d'Avola.
Agriculture: Biodynamics, with no use of herbicides, no chemical and / or synthetic treatments and / or fertilizers; pesticide treatments are limited to low doses of mine sulfur; fertilizations are limited to biodynamic preparations, shredded pruning and green manure of grasses and legumes.
Vinification: with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel, long maceration of the must with the skins.
Maturation: In cherry oak barrels for at least 30 months.
Total production: About 3,000.