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Curatolo Arini Paccamora Nero d’Avola 2014 - Marsala, Sicily
THE WINE'S STORY
The Austrian wine growing region of Kremstal is along side the Wachau, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is home to 1,400 hectares of vineyards, many of them on steep terraces growing Gruner Veltliner and Riesling. There are two different mesoclimates at work here. Summers are dry and winters are very cold and they are moderated by the Danube river. Cold down the slope winds originate and case big swings between day and night time temperatures, especially in the months prior to harvest. This interaction of weather helps build complex aromas in the grapes.
Messwein is the lightest wine in this producers range, it is subtle and light with classic Veltliner spice, red apple, citrus and rosewood, very multi-layered and expressive.
THE WINE'S STORY
The Curatolo Arini winery home is in Marsala on the western most part of the Sicilian coast. Marsala is quite magical, it is the home of the stunning fortified wines known as Marsala, which has a literally ancient history, having been occupied by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, and Spaniards. It was also the starting point for Garibaldi’s Italian unification crusade.
Curatolo Arini hold the added honour of being the oldest family owned Marsala produced in Sicily.
Nero D’Avola is an indigenous red grape of Sicily that is mostly grown from inland vineyards at high altitudes, that are bathed in sunshine. The result is an elegant, medium bodied wine with notes of red cherries and plums with a hint of white pepper.