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The Mazzei family, raising the profile of Nero d’Avola

Owners of Castello di Fonterutoli in Chianti, the Mazzei family have been making renowned wines since the 14th century and are closely linked to the history of winemaking in Tuscany. Today, three generations work together running the Zisola estate, just outside Noto in Sicily, which they purchased in 2002: Lapo Mazzei with the help of his sons, Filippo and Francesco, and Filippo’s son, Giovanni. The family devotes itself to winemaking, with a constant commitment to innovation and improvement while respecting tradition, family values and the natural environment.

The Zisola estate comprises approximately 50 hectares, 21 of which have been returned to their original use of vine-growing interspersed with olive, citrus and almond trees. Situated at approximately 130 metres above sea level, the gently sloping vineyards have a west south-west exposure.

A combination of long warm summers which enable the grapes to ripen fully, combined with cooling sea breezes, allowing aromatics to develop, and ensure that healthy grapes are grown. This guarantees consistency from vintage to vintage and enables the production of elegant wines of great finesse and varietal character.

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'Azisa' Grillo Catarratto 2016 — Zisola

'Azisa' Grillo Catarratto 2016

Noto, Sicily

50% Grillo
50% Catarratto

Tasting note

Vibrant lemon yellow in colour with attractive aromas of ripe citrus fruits, delicate florals and a hint of tropical fruit. The palate is fresh and zesty, typical of Grillo, but with good weight and a full mouth-feel, thanks to the Catarratto.

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'Azisa' Grillo Catarratto 2015 — Zisola

'Azisa' Grillo Catarratto 2015

Noto, Sicily

50% Grillo
50% Catarratto

Tasting note

Vibrant lemon yellow in colour with attractive aromas of ripe citrus fruits, delicate florals and a hint of tropical fruit. The palate is fresh and zesty, typical of Grillo, but with good weight and a full mouth-feel, thanks to the Catarratto.

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Nero d'Avola 2015 — Zisola

Nero d'Avola 2015

Noto, Sicily

100% Nero d'Avola

Tasting note

Sumptuous aromas of forest fruits, orange peel and mulberry on the nose with excellent depth and concentration. This full bodied wine enjoys the trademark Mazzei smoothness, elegance and a judicious use of oak.

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Nero d'Avola 2014 — Zisola

Nero d'Avola 2014

Noto, Sicily

100% Nero d'Avola

Tasting note

Sumptuous aromas of forest fruits, orange peel and mulberry on the nose with excellent depth and concentration. This full bodied wine enjoys the trademark Mazzei smoothness, elegance and a judicious use of oak.

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'Doppiozeta' Noto Rosso 2010 — Zisola

'Doppiozeta' Noto Rosso 2010

Noto, Sicily

65% Nero d'Avola
25% Syrah
10% Cabernet Franc

Tasting note

The flagship ‘Doppiozeta’ (translates as ‘double z’ taken from the family name). Deep ruby red in colour with notes of dark fruit, coffee and tobacco. An attractive spice element with layers of flavour and smooth tannins give this wine its distinction.

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'Effe Emme' Petit Verdot 2011 — Zisola

'Effe Emme' Petit Verdot 2011

Noto, Sicily

100% Petit Verdot

Tasting note

“Effe Emme” is the spelling of “FM” in Italian: this wine displays Filippo Mazzei’s initials. Deep purple in colour with notes of ripe plum fruit, savoury and peaty notes. An elegant wine of great complexity and persistence.

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