Passo delle Mule from the famous Duca di Salaparuta House in Palermo produced at their Suor Marchesa Winery in Butera near Caltanisetta, inland from the coast of southern Sicily. Here soil, climate and altitude provide a perfect mix for the production of this enveloping wine, which offers softness combined with remarkable freshness on the palate – a classic Nero d’Avola wine.
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|Producer||Duca Di Salaparuta|
|Classification||Terre Siciliane I.G.T .|
|Wine style||Dry red wine|
|Maturation||10 months in very fine oak barrels and after bottling a further 6 - 8 months in the cellar at controlled temperature for the development of the bouquet.|
|Bouquet||Pervasive, fruity bouquet of morello cherries and raspberries, complex with well-balanced scents of spices and vanilla.|
|Taste||Rich, full and velvety, full-bodied and persistent, with typical austere but pleasant tannin.|
|Pairs with||Excellent with red meat dishes and with medium-aged cheeses. Serve at 17-18 C.|
The House of Duca di Salaparuta was established in 1824 by Giuseppe Alliata, Duke of Salaparuta, a passionate connoisseur of good wine. He wanted to produce delicate, elegant, “French style” wines, from the grapes of his own estate located in Casteldaccia near Palermo in Sicily. The company’s first wines were born being an absolute innovation compared to the island’s production at that time. Since then the company gradually expanded by purchasing additional land, wineries and wine companies, and today constitute the largest private winery corporation in Sicily.
In 2002 Duca di Salaparuta purchased the 100 hectar Suor Marchesa estate near the town of Butera in the province of Caltanisetta in Central-South Sicily. This location was chosen for its southern exposure, excellent ventilation and sunlight, and the limestone composition of the soil. Facing south, the vineyards are sunny during the day, have the right degree of slope and the adequate natural ventilation guaranteed by the hilly area, all of which allow the grapes to maintain the correct hydration balance. The intense exposure to sunlight, combined with mild temperatures and a wide temperature range, allows the grape clusters to reach full ripeness,
The Nero d’Avola vines for this wine grow in the highlands of Central and Southern Sicily. Following the vinification the wine has matured at least 10 months in very fine oak barrels and after bottling a further 6 - 8 months in the cellar at controlled temperature for the development of the bouquet.
Colour: Deep, intense ruby red.
Longevity 5-7 years