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.
Hand picked from September 21st
Bottling: December 2017
Ageing potential: Over 20 years
The flagship ‘Doppiozeta’ (translates as ‘double z’ taken from the family name). Muscular, explosive spices and fruit flavors, powerful and elegant texture
Pairs well with hearty casseroles and meaty pasta sauces. Also excellent with roasted meats, spicy stews, aged cheeses.
James Suckling: 91 Points
100% Nero d’Avola