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Pellegrino Pantelleria Passito Liquoroso 2015 - 37.5cl

The Experience

Drink When...
Getting near Africa
Listen To...
Africa Shox by Leftfield
Think About...
Is that a giraffe?
Drink With...
Baked figs with ice-cream and honey

The Oddbins Take

The island of Pantelleria is a curious, rugged volcanic outcrop, situated halfway between the Tunisian and Sicilian coasts, and it is here, in Italy’s most southerly appellation, that this Passito Liquoroso is made. It’s rather amazing, we think, that this beautiful, rich, baked apricot and marmalade-y dessert wine is made roughly 40 miles off the coast of Africa. But, being an island in a rather windy spot, it gets enough cooling maritime influence to balance the searing sun, resulting in a nuanced, balanced, but still brilliantly swarthy wine.

The Vital Statistics

Country
Italy
Region
Pantelleria, Sicily
Classification
Pantelleria DOC
Vintage
2015
Closure
Cork
Bottle Size
Half - 375ml
Residual Sugar
143.7 g/l
15.0%
Alcohol Units
15

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The Style

Grape
Zibibbo (100%)
Body
Light Full bodied
Sweetness
Dry Sweet

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Matthew Jukes in The Daily Mail, 16/1/16: "Whenever you are presented with a Chocolate sponge pudding you need to tread carefully. This marmalade-scented, heady sweetie is one wine style which doesn’t miss a beat with any choccie dish and you only need a small glass to send your palate into orbit."

In 1980, Carlo Pellegrino founded his namesake winery to produce fortified wine, in the tow of Marsala, which has been a huge success and was greatly appreciated by the Victorians. He invested over £2 million in the construction of a winery on the Island of Pantelleria and over 300 small growers were contracted to supply Pellegrino with premium quality Zibibbo (Moscato) grapes. Quality is guaranteed through strict pruning and the growers keep to below 30hl per hectare as part of the contract. The winery’s aim is to offer the best possible quality product, cutting no corners, at realistic prices.

The vineyards are planted on volcanic soil with a thin layer of top soil, on small terraces, surrounded by stone walls. They are grown very low in a kind of a crater hole to protect them from the strong winds. No irrigation takes place.

The jewel in the Carlo Pellegrino crown are the dessert wines from the island of Pantelleria, a volcanic outcrop of black lava rock situated between the Tunisian and Sicilian coasts, which forms Italy's southernmost DOC Region.

In the winery, the grapes are soft pressed. Fermentation then takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. When alcohol reaches 4 to 5%, fermentation is stopped by the addition of alcohol. 20% of naturally sun-dried Moscato grapes are added to the must during fermentation to add richness and intense flavour to the wine.

Rich gold in colour, this dessert wine has an apricot-scented bouquet and is balanced in the mouth. The wine has a rich, intense flavour and a long and delicious, lingering finish.


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