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 of calcareous and mineral with medium texture.
The small but efficient cellar is equipped with temperature controlled stainless steel vats. After harvest, the grapes are gently pressed. Maceration lasts for approximately 14-16 days. Fermentation then takes place at 26-28°C. The wine is then aged for 10 months in 225 litre barriques (33% new) before bottling in December 2018.
2017 was characterised by severe drought. In winter the temperature ranged to normal levels with a significant rise in March.
Summer 2017 was one of the hottest in the last ten years with temperature peaks reaching 43°C several times between June and July. During the last ten days of August, we were pleasantly surptised by rainfalls that restored the balance of the vintage; however, it’s worth mentioning that the white grape harvest was brought forward 10 days.
Warm temperatures during the day and cool ones at night promoted a healthy ripening of the bunches.
Beginning of the harvest: 16 August
End of the harvest: 2 October
Rainfall (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
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.
Delicious with spicy fish stew, savoury pasta and rice dishes, grilled red meats and roasted vegetables.
James Suckling: 91 POINTS
“Aromas and flavors of plums and berries with sour cherries and spice. Medium to full body. Soft tannins and a pretty finish. Drink now”
100% Nero d'Avola