2007 vintage, already top quality in the winery

2007 vintage, already top quality in the winery

Vineyards and cellars

Donnafugata has completed the harvest on Pantelleria and at Contessa Entellina. Ripening as in the typical Sicilian vintages but at a faster pace in the final week of August. The wines will have good bodies with excellent aromatic finesse and pronounced elegance in the full Donnafugata style.

 

DONNAFUGATA ESTATE AT CONTESSA ENTELLINA

Climatic conditions: precipitation and temperatures. From October 1, 2006, until the conclusion of the 2007 vintage on the Donnafugata Estate at Contessa Entellina, rainfall was of 492 mm, slightly inferior to the average for this part of Sicily (684 mm in the last 5 years). Proportionally, it rained more in the spring than in the autumn and winter and as a result the reserves of water in the soil were good. The rains in the late spring created conditions conducive to the development of peronospora. However, its spread was successfully checked through attentive monitoring of the vineyards and prevention through treatments based on copper.

 

Temperatures registered were close to seasonal levels. The highest was registered in June from the 23rd to the 26th. However, the heat was mitigated by extremely low temperatures at night (see Table 1).

 Table 1 – Data collected by Agriveltha telemetric devices on the Donnafugata Estate at Contessa Entellina.

 

June 23

June 24

June 25

June 26

Maximum temperature 37.0° C / 98.6 °F 38.9° C / 102 °F 39.9° C/103.8 °F 38.2° C / 100.8 °F
Minimum temperature 17.8° C / 64 °F 16.5° C / 61.7 °F 15.1° C / 59.2 °F 16.3° C / 61.3 °F
Temperature variation 19.2° C / 66.6 °F 22.4° C / 72.3 °F 24.8° C / 76.6 °F 21.1° C / 70 °F

 

Also in July, maximum temperatures like those registered between the 20th and the 24th were offset by minimum temperatures that were decidedly low. Between the 22nd and 29th of August, maximum temperatures were higher than 36° C. The hottest day, partly the result of the sirocco, was the 24th but even in this period there were big variations in temperatures (see Table 2).

 Table 2 – Data collected by Agriveltha telemetric devices on the Donnafugata Estate at Contessa Entellina.

 

August 24

August 25 August 26 August 27
Maximum temperature 40.2 °C/ 104.4°F 38.9 °C/ 102°F 40.1 °C/ 104.2°F 38.1 °C/ 100.6°F
Minimum temperature 18.0 °C/ 64.4°F 17.9 °C/ 64.2°F 16.2 °C/ 61.2°F 13.9 °C/ 57°F
Temperature variation 21.8 °C/ 71.2°F 21.0 °C/ 69.8°F 23.9 °C/ 75°F 24.2 °C/ 75.6°F

These strong variations between day and night temperatures were essential to the proper performance of the vegetative cycle in the vineyards and for the organoleptic quality of the grapes.

Ripening and harvesting: The beginning of the vintage was in line with the average startup of harvesting on Sicily. It began with Chardonnay on August 17 and the pickers then moved on to the Viognier. During the heat wave of the last week of August, ripening accelerated and in response the harvesters started to bring in the Merlot on August 24, the Syrah on September 2, the Nero d’Avola on the 4th and the Cabernet Sauvignon on the 6th, while the harvesting of the Ansonica began on the 7th, followed by the Catarratto. Harvesting concluded on September 23 with the last red grapes.

 

Quantity – The productivity of the vineyards from the end of the flowering appeared inferior to the average of recent vintages. Still, to realize its qualitative objectives, the estate carried out relatively little thinning. Quality – Altogether, the grapes reached a state of perfect sugary ripeness. In addition, the aromatic and phenolic ripeness was excellent thanks to the substantial variations in temperatures registered in the countryside around Contessa Entellina and to the use of emergency irrigation.

 

DONNAFUGATA at PANTELLERIA

Climatic conditions: precipitation and temperatures. In the Donnafugata vineyards on Pantelleria, rainfall was slightly inferior to the average of recent years. Careful labor in the vineyards with the application of treatments based on copper prevented problems with peronospora. An outbreak was threatened in the wake of rains that fell at the end of May and the beginning of June. An isolated storm struck the island on August 20 but affected only a part of it so that no damage was done.

Temperatures were recorded at the usual seasonal values with maximum points registered at the end of June, the second half of July and in the final week of August as in other parts of Sicily. Except in the days when the sirocco was blowing, variations between day and night temperatures had positive effects on the performance of the cycle of vegetation in the vineyards and on the sensory quality of the grapes.

Ripening and harvesting: The maturation of the Zibibbo grapes began with a delay of a few days in comparison with the typical Pantelleria vintage. Harvesting began on August 17 in the most precocious areas on the island: Martingana, Punta Karace and Cala Levante. It was, first of all, a selective harvest, in which the ripest grapes were collected and they were the first set aside for drying. The initial, minor delay in ripening was rectified by a week of higher temperatures, registered between August 22 and 29. The harvest ended on September 15.

Quantity – In this vintage, the productivity of the vineyards was inferior to the average of recent years. The decline was due in particular to the sirocco, which swept over the island in April when the vines were flowering. Quality – The level of quality of the grapes harvested on Pantelleria was high, in keeping with the standard that Sicily offers with great consistency.

Final judgment: with the 2007 harvest the estate will be able to offer wines with good bodies, excellent aromatic finesse and pronounced elegance in the fullness of the Donnafugata style.

 

 

 

Baldo M. Palermo baldo.palermo@donnafugata.it  phone +39 0923 724226

Laura Ellwanger: pr.international@donnafugata.it phone. +39 0923 724258

Nando Calaciura calaciura@granviasc.it  mob. +39 338 3229837