DUCA ICONS: TIMELESS ELEGANCE ENDURES IN THE NEW VINTAGES OF ICONIC DUCA DI SALAPARUTA WINES
With the new vintages of Bianca di Valguarnera 2016, Nawàri 2018 and Duca Enrico 2015-2016-2017, presentation time for Duca di Salaparuta has come! Each of these labels boasts a unique character, a special story worth telling linked to its year of birth. Let’s learn in detail something more about these new wines.
BIANCA DI VALGUARNERA 2016
All the elegance of Insolia di Bianca di Valguarnera, one of Duca di Salaparuta’s most award-winning wines, comes through magnificently in the 2016 vintage. Characterizing the year were a late harvest, post mid September, and a cold winter with little rain that gave the grapes a wonderfully full bouquet and an ultra distinctive flavor. Both olfactory and gustatory notes were heightened by 12 months in barriques and then bottle aging. In the glass the wine presents scents of jasmine and orange blossom with a delicate hint of bread crust plus other Mediterranean fragrances. In tasting this fresh yet structured wine, the person drinking it perceives the decisive tannins and a good degree of acidity.
One of the first single-variety Pinot Neros produced on the slopes of Mount Etna, this has always been a wine lover favorite. The 2018 vintage confirms its distinct identity while also revealing totally new nuances, rich and mellow.
True to form, the volcanic terrain and the altitude at which this grape variety grows have given the wine a strong character; but the cold, rainy winter of 2018 followed by a spring milder than usual made this vintage extra special, with an even fuller and more intriguing personality. Upon tasting, Nawàri 2018 comes out as a fresh wine with ripe red berry scents and vanilla notes. Thus it promises to attract more fans and connoisseurs than ever.
DUCA ENRICO 2015/ 2016 /2017
This wine dates to the year 1984. That’s when Duca Enrico became the first single-variety Nero d’Avola to be bottled in Sicily. And right from the start it showed it had a unique personality.
The 2015, 2016 and 2017 vintages confirm this strong character. The first of the three labels had a late September grape harvest after a rainy winter, a dry spring and a very hot month of August. The 2016 vintage, rather, had quite a late harvest, in the second half of October, due to a year with a climate colder than average. Whatever, the delay gave the grapes the chance to develop tannins and anthocyanin valuable in the creation of this wine’s organoleptic (sensory) qualities. Harvest scheduling went back to normal in 2017, to the second half of September, for grapes that had ripened under an especially hot summer sun in a year generally marked by little rainfall. The hot sun of the 2017 vintage translated into a Duca Enrico rich in flavor, with a particular structure and personality, making for a long-life wine as usual yet with a new freshness.
Nero d’Avola expresses its full potential as best as possible in all three vintages. In the glass, after the tannins that define an elegant structure, the wines promptly present pleasantly lingering ripe fruit scents and spicy notes with delicate nuances unique and different for each vintage. Wine lovers will enjoy discovering them one by one, on a journey that will prove to be so very interesting.
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