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Contrada Zisola

Catarratto Terre Siciliane IGT

€50,60
Format
Vintage
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Contrada Zisola
Robert Parker
92 Pts
James Suckling
91 Pts
Format
Vintage
Contrada Zisola Catarratto Terre Siciliane IGT
Contrada ZisolaCatarratto Terre Siciliane IGT
€50,60

One of the first iconic Sicilian wines

With this 100% Catarratto, a varietal widely spread in Sicily since very remote times, the Mazzei family continues its intention of enhancing the native vines of South-Eastern Sicily.
The pedoclimatic peculiarities of Zisola estate, that is to say highly calcareous soil and proximity to the sea which guarantees excellent ventilation, combined with the "alberello" (bush) training system with low yields and the characteristic acidity of Catarratto, guarantee a fresh and potentially long-lasting wine.

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Technical sheet

Winery

Zisola

Winery location

Contrada Zisola - Noto, Sicilia

Grape varieties

Catarratto

Alcohol

13%

Total acidity

7.3%

Vineyards location

130 m.a.l.m.; S/E exposure

Soil

Medium texture, calcareous and mineral

Training system

Hand-pruned bush vines

Nr. of vines per hectare

5.550

Harvest

Hand picked from August 15th

Vinification

50% on the skins in "cocciopesto" amphora for 3 months;

50% typical white wine vinification "sur lies"

Fermentation temperature

At low temperature (15°C)

Bottling

October 2023

Available on the market

March 2024

Production

6.000 bottles

Formats

750 ml - 1,5 lt

First vintage

2021

     
Download Contrada_Zisola_2022_ITA Download Contrada_Zisola_2022_ENG
Harvest

The winter was characterised by below average temperatures, with some frosts and low levels of rainfall, which laid down the basis for good plant health conditions.

The vegetative awakening and fruit-setting stages benefitted from the mild spring temperatures, which ended in May with the arrival of a series of heat waves.

The summer was extremely anomalous by Sicilian standards, with peak temperatures over 40°C, but with sudden and substantial temperature changes, and light rainfall in September, that delayed the harvest by 10 days, with respect to previous years.

The result of the harvest is most satisfactory, yielding a production of elegant wines, in line with the company’s research.


Beginning of the harvest: August 26th, 2022

End of the harvest: October 5th, 2022

Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 183 mm

Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4.299 °C

Evaluation: Good

Technical sheet

Winery

Zisola

Winery location

Contrada Zisola - Noto, Sicilia

Grape varieties

Catarratto

Alcohol

12%

Total acidity

9.41%

Vineyards location

130 m.a.l.m.; S/E exposure

Soil

Medium texture, calcareous and mineral

Training system

Hand-pruned bush vines

Nr. of vines per hectare

5.550

Harvest

Hand picked from August 15th

Vinification

50% on the skins in "cocciopesto" amphora for 3 months;

50% typical white wine vinification "sur lies"

Fermentation temperature

At low temperature (15°C)

Bottling

July 2022

Available on the market

March 2023

Production

7.500 bottles

Formats

750 ml - 1,5 lt

First vintage

2021

     
Download Contrada_Zisola_2021_ITA Download Contrada_Zisola_2021_ENG
Awards

Robert Parker

92 Pts

Falstaff

95 Pts

Harvest

The hot, dry summer contributed to delaying the harvest until September, with much milder temperatures and better air quality, thanks to some long-awaited and much-needed rainfall.
In terms of the climate and wine results, it is very reminiscent of the unequivocal 2014 vintage. Very elegant wines obtained with extremely impressive structure and good body. A balance achieved over the years through the confluence of plant soil and climate, also evolves in 2021 heralding plenty of satisfaction.


Beginning of the harvest: August 26th, 2021
End of the harvest: October 5th, 2021
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 83 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4.286 °C
Evaluation: Very Good

The vineyard

Contrada Zisola
identiy-driven and courageously innovative

The soil and climate characteristics of the Zisola estate with its highly calcareous soil and proximity to the sea that ensures excellent ventilation, combined with the low-yielding "alberello" training method and the distinctive acidity of the Catarratto, ensure a fresh, complex and long-lived wines.

100% Catarratto

Catarratto variety, the most widespread white grape in Sicily, hase been present on the territory since ancient times and becomes now protagonist at Zisola with Contrada Zisola, a 100% Catarratti wherewith the Mazzei family continues its goal of enhancing indigenous grape varieties of Sicily. In a region historically renowned for its red wines, Contrada Zisola is both deeply identity-driven and courageously innovative: a white gem that shines in a land of reds.

Structure and longevity

The passion for this land has encouraged us to acquire a deep knowledge of the micro climate, the resources availability, soil characteristics and biological complexity of each parcel.
This uniqueness is enhanced thanks to a sartorial work in the vineyard.
We pay the same attention to each harvest and each wine of the estate which expresses an original and true interpretation of great potentiality of the various grape in this corner of Sicily.

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