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2015 Zibibbo Vitese, Colomba Bianca

2015 Zibibbo Vitese, Colomba Bianca
ref. COLO151 APR17

Wine Variety: NB. Zibibbo is a synonym for Muscat of Alexandria. This is an ancient variety that has been cultivated for centuries both for wine and for table fruit. Its likely origins are either southern Italy or Greece, but it may have gained its name from the Arabic occupation of Sicily in the sixth to fourth centuries BC. Many of the wines made from this variety are extremely sweet. Zibibbo was first mentioned in writing in the 16th century.

Wine Region: Sicily is one of the formative wine producing regions of Italy. Settled by Greeks in the 8th century BC, it seems likely that wine and wine making techniques spread from there to the rest of the country; Pliny records that vines were transplanted to Pompeii in the 2nd century BC. Until recently, Sicily was largely a workaday vineyard, producing masses of blending wine that was sent up country and used to strengthen overly light wines made further north. However, investment has come into Sicilian wine production and mechanisation is growing. In addition, a number of figurehead wineries are pushing the boundaries of quality. Sicily is a very productive region, producing more wine annually than Australia. As with many fortified wines, Sicily’s Marsala - made in the west of the island - was a creation of the British who wanted to stabilise the local wine for export. This is a mountainous landscape and vines are planted up to 900 metres above sea level, at which height the torridity of the climate is largely avoided. The slopes of Mount Etna are increasingly exploited for the making of fine wine.

Wine Producer: Colomba Bianca is a co-operative founded in the west of the island in 1970. It has now grown to be the largest wine-producing co-operative in Sicily. They are also the biggest producer of organic and vegan wine on the island.

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Style
Style:
Dry White - rich
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Zibibbo
  Producer
Producer:
Colomba Bianca
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
9°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
12.5%
  Country
Country:
Italy
  Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2018
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Western Sicily
  Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Aperitif
  • Asian/Spicy
  • Cheese
  • Pork
  • Salads

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

A cascade of aromas meets the taster: an embarrassment of citrus and herbal aromas that take in rhubarb, ginger, kaffir lime leaves, and orange amongst others. A dry wine...and I don't often like dry Muscat wines, but this is assertively characterful, with real mineral interest. A really well-made wine. Lots here. 

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