Donnafugata - Sur Sur2018
James Suckling 90
Some reductive notes at first, but give this some air and these move over to allow sliced pears and lemons to take center stage. Medium-to full-bodied with medium acidity and a fruity finish.
by JS, James Suckling , 2019
Wine Enthusiast 91
Loaded with fragrance, flavor and finesse, this savory white pushes all the right buttons, starting with inviting aromas of tropical fruit, citrus and white spring flowers. The fresh, medium-bodied palate doles out honeydew, Meyer lemon and Mediterranean herb alongside crisp acidity and a hint of saline.
by KO, Wine Enthusiast , 2019
Grillo is an ancient autochthonous Sicilian grape variety, but it is also a cute little animal (the cricket) that brings good luck. The name sur sur, that means cricket, comes from the classical Arabic language which was once also spoken in Sicily. The voice of spring, with its scents and colors, is depicted on the label. It shows Gabriella (founder of Donnafugata, with her husband Giacomo) as a girl in flight, running barefoot through the flowers and fresh grass, following the singing of crickets that sounds sweet to her ears, like a thousand “SurSur… ".
Donnafugata Winery is one of Italy’s finest wineries and praised by wine critics and wine lovers alike all over the globe. Located in Sicily, Donnafugata has various estates including the historic cellar in Marsala, the beautiful Contessa Entellina country house and vineyards in the western interior of the island, and another winery and estate in the windswept island of Pantelleria off Sicily’s southwest coast. The Rallo family who owns Donnafugata have been in the wine business for over a century and the current generation is extremely dynamic and visionary. The Donnafugata brand was born in the early 1980s by Giacomo and Gabriella Rallo in the family’s historic cellars and today their children José and Antonio play prominent roles in the company.
Brilliant straw yellow, on the nose SurSur 2018 offers a fresh bouquet with notes of white fleshed fruit (peach and plum) combined with scents of wildflowers. A soft palate, the fruity notes return combined with pleasant freshness. Pairs perfectly with seafood appetizers, vegetarian first courses and roast fish. Try also with grilled white meats and fresh goat cheese.
The vineyards are located in south-West Sicily on the Contessa Entellina estate and neighboring areas in the hilly region between Marsala and Salemi at altitudes from 200 to 600 m. (656- 1,312 ft). The soils are clay loam with a sub-alkaline reaction (pH 7.5 to 7.9) rich in nutritive elements (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc) and limestone from 20 to 35%.
The Grillo for the production of SurSur was harvested during the last part of August. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel, at a temperature of 14-16°C (57-61° F). Aging in tanks for two months and then at least three months in bottle before release.