Donnafugata Lighea

Sicilia, Sicilia DOC

Lighea 2015 is characterized by an ample and rich bouquet combined with a fresh mineral vein: an unforgettable aromatic Mediterranean white, the fruit of the heroic viticulture of Pantelleria.

Tasting Notes

Brilliant straw yellow with greenish reflections, Lighea 2015 is characterized by an ample and rich bouquet, we find the typical flowery scents of orange blossom and jasmine enlivened by fruity notes of citrus zest. The nose is perfectly reflected on the palate, enlivenedby a fresh mineral vein.

Recommended with all types of oily fish, baked pasta in white sauce, fried fish. Serve it in tulip-shaped goblets of medium size; uncork at time of serving; excellent at 9-11°C (48-52° F).

The climatic trend recorded for the 2015 vintage was fairly normal, with rainfall in line with the average of the last 3 years (501 mm vs 499 mm). Overall, the vintage was very positive, with the quantity and quality of the grapes harvested in line with the company's objectives.

Fermentation took place in stainless steel at a temperature of 14-16°C. Aging in tanks for two months and three months in bottle before release.

Alcohol: 12.48% Acidity: 5.8 g/L pH: 3.22

The vines are cultivated, in hollows, low alberello pantesco. The low bush vine of Pantelleria has been inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanityas a “creative and sustainable” practice. Planting density from 2,500 to 3,600 plants/hectare with yields of about 60 quintals/hectare (1.9 kg per plant.)

The aromatic richness, especially flowery notes of orange blossom, rose and geranium, and surprising minerality of Zibibbo, make Lighea a cheerful white with an unmistakable personality.

Tasting Notes

Bright straw yellow with greenish reflections, Lighea 2014 is characterized by its great aromatic richness, the typical aromas of Zibibbo are evident, especially flowery notes of orange blossom, rose and geranium combined with fruity notes of citrus. The nose is perfectly reflected on the palate, refreshed by a pleasant savory vein.

Recommended with all types of oily fish, baked pasta in white sauce, fried fish. Serve it in tulip shaped goblets of medium size; uncork at time of serving; excellent at 9-11°C (48-52° F).

The climatic trend recorded for the 2014 vintage was fairly normal, with slightly less rainfall (488 mm) than (516 mm) the 2013 vintage. Average temperatures were lower, with a stable climate. The harvest of the grapes for the production of Lighea, that come from the vineyards located in the cooler districts, began on 2 September. An important harvest, with healthy and perfectly ripe grapes with a rich and very complex aromatic profile.

Fermentation: in stainless steel, at the temperature of 14-16 °C

Aging: in stainless steel vats for some months and at least two months in bottle before being released to the market.

Alcohol: 12.34% Acidity: 6 g/L pH: 3.9

Soils: Sandy, originating from lava, they vary between subacidic and neutral (pH 6.5 - 7). Deep, fertile soils wellendowed with minerals.

Training: vines are cultivated, in hollows, low 'alberello pantesco'. The low bush vine of Pantelleria has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a 'creative and sustainable practice'. For the first time, an agricultural practice is considered intangible and cultural heritage.

Pruning: the Pantellerian low bush vine is made up of from two to four branches and characterized by its horizontal growth. All operations are carried out by hand.

Planting densities: 2,500 to 3,600 plants per hectare (1,011-1,455 an acre).

Yield per hectare: about 6 tons (2.4 tons an acre); about 1.9 kg per plant

Lighea 2013 is sunny and bright: fresh and fragrant in the mouth, it opens on the flowery and fruity notes of Zibibbo, orange blossom and pink grapefruit stand out.

Tasting Notes

Lighea 2013 is bright straw yellow with greenish reflections. On the nose the aromatic richness opens with the typical aromas of Zibibbo: fruity notes of citrus, especially pink grapefruit, and flowery aromas of orange blossom, with aromatic Mediterranean herbs in the background. The palate is fresh and fragrant, well balanced between sapidity and structure.

Recommended with all types of oily fish, baked pasta in white sauce, fried fish. Serve it in tulip-shaped goblets of medium size; uncork at time of serving; excellent at 9-11°C (48-52° F).

On Pantelleria 2013 was a vintage with slightly more rainfall than in previous years, with temperatures in line with the average of recent years. The harvesting of the grapes for the production of Lighea, which come from vineyards in the cooler districts, began on August 25. The wide temperature range between day and night enhanced the aromatic richness of the Zibibbo that we find in this Lighea 2013.

Fermentation: in stainless steel at a controlled temperature.

Aging: in stainless steel vats for some months and at least two months in bottle before being released to the market.

Alcohol: 12.34% Acidity: 6 g/L ph: 3.9

Soils: Sandy, originating from lava, they vary between sub-acidic and neutral (pH 6.5 - 7). Deep, fertile soils well-endowed with minerals.

Training and pruning: The vines are cultivated by hand, each planted in a basin and trained in a low, broad bush system with 2 to 4 arms. Age of vines up to 100 years.

Planting densities: 2,500 to 3,600 plants per hectare (1,011-1,455 an acre).

Yield per hectare: about 6 tons (2.4 tons an acre).

Perfect interpretation of Zibibbo, the Lighea, a dry aromatic white, in 2012 stands out for its balance between body, savory notes and freshness.

Tasting Notes

Bright straw yellow with greenish hues; on the nose this Lighea 2012 presents aromatic richness with typical citrus fruits notes; orange blossom and rose merge with herbs (sage and rosemary). In the mouth it sticks out for cleanness and perfect balance between structure, savory notes and freshness.

Recommended with all types of oily fish, baked pasta in white sauce, fried fish. Serve it in tulip shaped goblets of medium size; uncork at time of serving; excellent at 9-11°C (48-52° F).

2012 was characterized by a somewhat drier summer even if considered an average vintage climate-wise. The harvest of the grapes destined to produce Lighea, carried out in the fresher districts vineyards’, started on August 28th. Good temperature excursions allowed to enrich the typical aromatic concentration of the Zibibbo grapes well displayed in this Lighea 2012.

Fermentation: in stainless steel at a controlled temperature.

Aging: in stainless steel vats for some months and at least two months in bottle before being released to the market.

Alcohol: 12.60% Acidity: 5.9 g/L pH: 3.25

Soils: Sandy, originating from lava, they vary between subacidic and neutral (pH 6.5 - 7). Deep, fertile soils well-endowed with minerals.

Training and pruning: The vines are cultivated by hand, each planted in a basin and trained in a low, broad bush system with 2 to 4 arms. Age of vines up to 100 years.

Planting densities: 2,500 to 3,600 plants per hectare (1,011-1,455 an acre).

Yield per hectare: about 6 tons (2.4 tons an acre).

"From the disheveled tresses the color of the sun, seawater flowed over the green, wide-open eyes." Thus Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa describes Lighea, the bewitching siren and principal figure in his novel. She has inspired the creation of a complex and innovative wine and an equally original label. "It was not easy to print this label", Gabriella recalled, "and preserve the thousand shadings of the original colors of the drawing."

Tasting Notes

Bright straw yellow with greenish hues; this Lighea 2011 stands out for its aromatic richness; typical fruity notes of Zibibbo (orange blossom, melon) merge with herbs (sage and rosemary). In the mouth is crispy, well structured and sapid. A pleasant glass, as an aperitif, to match also with Mediterranean dishes.

Recommended with all types of oily fish, baked pasta in white sauce, fried fish. Serve it in tulip shaped goblets of medium size; uncork at time of serving; excellent at 9-11°C (48-52° F).

In Pantelleria, vintage 2011 was characterized by a long summer; the harvest of the grapes destined to produce Lighea, carried out in the fresher districts vineyards’, started on August 30th. Mild temperatures allowed to obtain healthy grapes with an excellent aromatic concentration and a good acidity well displayed in this Lighea 2011.

Fermentation: in stainless steel at a controlled temperature.

Aging: in stainless steel vats for some months and at least two months in bottle before being released to the market.

Alcohol: 12.61% Acidity: 5.9 g/L pH: 3.30

Soils: Sandy, originating from lava, they vary between subacidic and neutral (pH 6.5 - 7). Deep, fertile soils well-endowed with minerals.

Training and pruning: The vines are cultivated by hand, each planted in a basin and trained in a low, broad bush system with 2 to 4 arms. Age of vines up to 100 years.

Planting densities: 2,500 to 3,600 plants per hectare (1,011-1,455 an acre).

Yield per hectare: about 6 tons (2.4 tons an acre).

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2014 Donnafugata Lighea – Sales Sheet

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2015 Donnafugata Lighea – Sales Sheet

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