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Achilles

Syrah Sicilia DOC

€29,50
Quantity
Achilles
Falstaff
94 Pts
James Suckling
93 Pts
Vinous
93 Pts
Wine Advocate
91 Pts
Achilles - Sicilian Wine
AchillesSyrah Sicilia DOC
€29,50

100% Syrah

Thanks to the soil rocky and calcareous and to the dry climate, the Syrah grape express itself at the best in Sicily, and in particular at Zisola, where the "alberello" (bushy vines) training system allows to keep under control the natural exuberance of the varietal.

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Technical sheet

Winery

Zisola

Winery location

Contrada Zisola - Noto (Siracusa)

Grape varieties

Syrah

Alcohol

14.50%

Total acidity

5.85%

Vineyards location

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

Soil

Medium texture, calcareous and mineral

Training system

Head-pruned bush vines

Nr. of vines per hectar

5.500 plants

Harvest

Hand picked from September 10th

Fermentation temperature

27 °C

Period of maceration

15 days

Ageing

16 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt / 50% new)

Bottling

December 2022

Available on the market

May 2023

Production

6.000 bottles

Formats

750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt

First vintage

2015

Ageing potential

Over 20 years

Key description

Full and elegant, notes of black cherry, leaves, forest underbrush, tannic and rich aftertaste

Food pairing

Game stews, Porcini mushrooms, hard cheeses (Ragusano)

 

 

Awards

James Suckling

92 Pts

Falstaff

92 Pts

Harvest

Following a pattern set in recent years, rainfall levels in 2020 were very low. A period of cold at the beginning of the year aided vine dormancy and made for optimal pruning conditions.

Vegetative growth began in early March, almost two weeks earlier than average; this precocity continued through flowering and fruit set thanks to higher spring temperatures which persisted through the month of May.

The dry spell broke at the beginning of June with a few light showers which came just in time to replenish water supplies for the summer months. After two atypical years, summer fell back into a more normal rhythm for Sicily with very hot dry days and sharp temperature drops overnight. This pattern continued until the end of September, allowing bunches to mature fully and grapes to develop interesting aromatic properties.

The wines promise to be display prominent mineral notes, and to be pleasantly acidic.


Beginning of the harvest: August 27th

End of the harvest: September 30th

Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 174 mm

Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4114 °C

Evaluation: Good

Technical sheet

Winery

Zisola

Winery location

Noto, Sicilia

Grape varieties

Syrah

Alcohol

14.50%

Total acidity

5.60%

Vineyards location

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

Soil

Medium texture, calcareous and mineral

Training system

Head-pruned bush vines

Nr. of vines per hectar

5.500 plants

Harvest

Hand picked from September 6th

Fermentation temperature

27 °C

Period of maceration

15 days

Ageing

16 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt / 50% new)

Bottling

December 2019

Available on the market

June 2020

Production

12.000 bottles

Formats

750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt

First vintage

2015

Ageing potential

Over 20 years

Key description

Full and elegant, notes of black cherry, leaves, forest underbrush, tannic and rich aftertaste

Food pairing

Game stews, Porcini mushrooms, hard cheeses (Ragusano)

 

 

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Awards

Falstaff

94 Pts

James Suckling

93 Pts

Vinous

93 Pts

Wine Advocate

91 Pts

I Vini di Veronelli

90 Pts

     
Harvest

This vintage was characterised by a severe drought. In winter the temperatures were in line with the period, with a vigorous growth in March.

Summer was one of the hottest in the last ten years, with temperature peaks reaching 43 ° C several times between June and July. In the third decade of August, surprisingly, abundant rainfalls restored the balance of the vintage; however, the harvest was brought forward 10 days for the white grapes.

This climatic trend, with warm temperatures during the day and cool ones at night, promoted the health situation of the grape and bunches, which featured a thick skin. The result is good and confirms the trend of the previous years, with acid wines rich in colouring substances.

 

Beginning of the harvest: 16 August

End of the harvest: 2 October

Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 225 mm

Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4,188°C

Evaluation: Very good

Technical sheet

Winery

Zisola

Winery location

Noto, Sicilia

Grape varieties

Syrah

Alcohol

14.38%

Total acidity

5.94%

Vineyards location

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

Soil

Medium texture, calcareous and mineral

Training system

Head-pruned bush vines

Nr. of vines per hectar

5.500 plants

Harvest

Hand picked from September 9th

Fermentation temperature

27 °C

Period of maceration

15 days

Ageing

16 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt / 50% new)

Bottling

December 2017

Available on the market

June 2018

Production

8.000 bottles

Formats

750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt

First vintage

2015

Ageing potential

Over 20 years

Key description

Full and elegant, notes of black cherry, leaves, forest underbrush, tannic and rich aftertaste

Food pairing

Game stews, Porcini mushrooms, hard cheeses (Ragusano)

 

 

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Awards

Wine Advocate

93+ Pts

James Suckling

92 Pts

Fasltaff

91 Pts

Winescritic.com

90 Pts

Harvest

This vintage was characterised by a strong drought: in fact, after the rain at the end of October 2015 and until spring, the rainfall was just 49 mm, with winter temperatures above 6° C and a following active growth occurring at least ten days earlier than the average. This anticipation has been observed until the second week of August when, with great concern, heavy showers adjusted the proper trend of the vintage and hydrated the plants. It is surely worth mentioning the two heat waves that hit Sicily: the first was recorded between June and July and the second at the beginning of August, reaching 42° C.

Generally, the cycle of vegetation were initially subjected to warm temperatures during the day and cold ones at night, which started the blossoming and the flowering ten days earlier than the previous vintage (which started in the second half of May), followed by a good fruit setting; the veraison, too, was anticipated with respect to the seasonal average.

This climatic and weather trend granted the good health both of the vines and the bunches, which were characterised by a strong peel just before the harvest. The result was very satisfying and represented a step forward compared to the previous vintages with wines rich in colorants and strong acidity.

Beginning of the harvest: 31/08

End of the harvest: 27/09

Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 225 mm

Legend

Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4,202°C

Legend

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

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

Evaluation: Outstanding

Technical sheet

Winery

Zisola

Winery location

Noto, Sicilia

Grape varieties

Syrah

Alcohol

15.15%

Total acidity

6.29%

Vineyards location

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

Soil

Medium texture, calcareous and mineral

Training system

Head-pruned bush vines

Nr. of vines per hectar

5.500 plants

Harvest

Hand picked from September 2nd

Fermentation temperature

27 °C

Period of maceration

15 days

Ageing

16 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt / 50% new)

Bottling

February 2017

Available on the market

June 2017

Production

4.000 bottles

Formats

750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt

First vintage

2015

Ageing potential

Over 20 years

 

 

 

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Awards

James Suckling

93 Pts

Vinous

91 Pts

Harvest

Winter was characterized by few relevant rainfalls and temperature slightly above the season’s average. Intense rainfalls started in spring followed by an instable season that lasted until August resulting in a colder summer compared to the last three years. This situation provided an optimal conditions of ripeness for the grapes. The harvest overall, presented grapes with great levels of color, acidity and PH providing harmonious, structured and complex wines.

Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 72mm

Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4,409°C

Evaluation: Very good

Il Vigneto di Achilles

Size: 1 hectare
Planted: 2005
Planting layout: 2.00m*0.9m
Training system: alberello (traditional Sicilian bush-trained)
Density: 5555 plant per hectare
Rootstock: 140 Ruggeri
Average yield: 70 quintals per hectare
Soil: sit and clay with a high percentage of readily soluble limestone
Vineyard care: controlled organic methods

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