The Zisola estate is the Mazzei family’s most recent investment and is located in south-eastern Sicily, the home of Nero d’Avola, about 1 km outside the magnificent town of Noto which is celebrated for its Baroque architecture. There are two “baglio” buildings on the site which form the centre of around 50 hectares of bush-trained vines interspersed with olives, citrus trees and almonds.
The vineyards are located at 130 metres above sea level with a south eastern exposure. The vines are free standing ‘alberello’ bush vines, planted at a density of 5,550 vines per hectare and the soil is calcareous.
The small but efficient cellar is equipped with temperature controlled stainless steel vats. After harvest, the grapes are gently pressed. Maceration lasts for approximately two weeks. Fermentation then takes place at 28-30°C. The wine is then aged for 16 months in 225 litre barriques (50 % new) before bottling in September 2012.
The Syrah and Cabernet Franc were harvested from 30th August. The later ripening Nero d’Avola grapes were hand-picked from 20th September.
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.
Pairs well with hearty casseroles and meaty pasta sauces. Also excellent with roasted meat, game and mature cheese.
Wine Advocate: 92 Points, Monica Larner, May 2014
James Suckling: 93 Points
65% Nero d'Avola
10% Cabernet Franc