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 2013 year in Sicily was characterised by unusual weather conditions, somehow in line with the previous year. In winter the weather was mainly unsettled with temperatures higher than the seasonal average values by 3° C. The blossoming – which occurred at the end of March for Nero Avola – and the growth in April were accompanied by a high humidity, followed by ideal conditions for flowering in the first decade of May. In summer the weather was stable with a low rainfall level, together with sirocco in the second half of June and in the first decade of July. From the middle of August, the average temperatures fell below the average values. The lack of significant rainfall and the low relative humidity enhanced the ripening of the grapes, featuring a high amount of colorants and refined aromatic substances.
Beginning of the harvest: 28/08
End of the harvest: 24/09
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 98 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4,369°C
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.
“Lots of blackberries, dried berries and dark chocolate. Some black tea, too. Full body, velvety tannins and plenty of richness. Drink now.” 92 Points, James Suckling
90% Nero d’Avola