Donnafugata Tancredi

Sicilia, Terre Siciliane IGT

Tancredi 2012 is characterized by a fragrant bouquet with evident fruity notes combined with scents of liquorice and sweet tobacco. A red that amazes with its pleasantness and elegance.

Tasting Notes

Deep red, Tancredi 2012 is characterized by a fragrant bouquet, notes of red fruit and dark berry fruit combined with scents of liquorice and sweet tobacco. In the mouth the tannins are soft and well integrated. An enveloping and persistent finish.

It will find its best pairing T-bone steak, gourmet burgers and game. If served in large, big-bellied goblets it can be uncorked a few minutes before, otherwise a couple of hours earlier; excellent at 18°C (64° F).

The 2012 vintage was slightly warmer than the seasonal averages, although it was characterized by a normal climatic trend. The rainfall was concentrated in spring, but altogether in 2012 there was less rainfall than in thelast 10 years (469 mm from 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2012), with yields that were slightly lower than average. A sunny harvest which allowed for the production of very healthy grapes, perfectly ripe from an aromatic and phenolic point of view.

A further selection is carried out in the cellar, thanks to a latest generation destemmer, able to discard the green and overripe berries that might still be on the clusters. Fermentation in stainless steel and maceration on the skins for 12 days at a temperature of 28 -30° C (79 -86° F). Ageing for 14 months in new and old French oak barriques and then in the bottle for at least 30 months.

ABV: 13.66% Acidity: 6.6 g/L pH: 3.55

VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) training with spurred cordon pruning g, leaving 6 to 8 buds per plant. Planting density of 4,500 to 6,000 plants per hectare (1,822-2,429 an acre) and yields of about 5 tons (2 tons an acre); about 0.9 kg per plant. Altitude from 200 to 600 m a.m.s.l. (656-1,312 ft); hilly orography; clay loam soils with a sub-alkaline reaction (pH 7.5 to 7.9) rich in nutritive elements (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc) and total limestone from 20 to 35%.

Tancredi 2011 is characterized by an intense and fragrant bouquet, notes of dark berries intertwine with balsamic and spicy hints. A red that amazes with its pleasantness and elegance.

Tasting Notes

Deep red, Tancredi 2011 offers an ample and intense bouquet, balsamic and liquorice notes intertwine with fruity aromas of dark berries and spicy hints of dark tobacco. The palate is fragrant and perfectly reflects the nose. The tannins are soft and well integrated: a Tancredi 2011 that amazes with its pleasantness and elegance.

It will find its best pairing with red grilled or oven-baked meats. If served in large, big-bellied goblets it can be uncorked a few minutes before, otherwise a couple of hours earlier; excellent at 18°C (64° F).

With cool temperatures and rainfall concentrated in spring, overall, 2011 was a vintage with less rain compared to the Sicilian average, with yields that were slightly lower than normal. The harvest of the grapes destined for Tancredi began during the first week of September with the Nero d'Avola and continued until the second week of September with the harvest of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat.

Fermentation: in stainless steel with maceration on the skins for about 12 days at a temperature of 26 - 30° C (79 -86° F).

Aging: after malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged for about 14 months in new and old French oak barriques and tonneaux and then in the bottle for at least 24 months.

ABV: 13.64% Acidity: 6.4 g/L pH: 3.5

Soils: clayey with a sub-alkaline reaction (pH 7.5 to 7.9). Total limestone from 20 to 35%. Rich in nutritive elements (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc).

Training and pruning: VSP (vertical shoot positioning), with wooden stakes and stainless steel wires; cordon spur training, leaving 6 to 8 buds per plant.

Planting densities: 4,500 to 6,000 plants per hectare (1,822-2,429 an acre).

Yield per hectare: about 5 tons (2 tons an acre); about 0.9 kg per plant.

An intense red, but fragrant at the same time, Tancredi 2010 is characterized by a bouquet with notes of red fruits pleasantly complemented by balsamic and liquorice tones.

Tasting Notes

An intense red color, Tancredi 2010 offers a pleasantly fruity bouquet, notes of red fruits, especially wild berries and plums, merge with balsamic and liquorice hints. The complex and elegant palate is characterized by noble and elegant tannins well balanced by a pleasant fragrance.

It will find its best pairing with red grilled or oven-baked meats, game and aged cheeses. If served in large, big-bellied goblets it can be uncorked a few minutes before, otherwise a couple of hours earlier; excellent at 18°C (64° F).

The 2010 vintage was a little rainier and cooler; the slightly lower than average quantity and high quality of the grapes have given rise to reds characterized by harmony and finesse.

Fermentation: in stainless steel with maceration on the skins for about 12 days at a temperature of 26 - 30° C (79 -86° F).

Aging: after malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged for about 14 months in new and old French oak barriques and tonneaux and then in the bottle for about 24 months.

ABV: 13.64% Acidity: 6.4 g/L pH: 3.50

Soils: clayey with a sub-alkaline reaction (pH 7.5 to 7.9). Total limestone from 20 to 35%. Rich in nutritive elements (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc).

Training and pruning: VSP (vertical shoot positioning), with wooden stakes and stainless steel wires; cordon spur training, leaving 6 to 8 buds per plant.

Planting densities: 4,500 to 6,000 plants per hectare (1,822-2,429 an acre).

Yield per hectare: about 5 tons (2 tons an acre).

Ruby red, complex and elegant, Tancredi 2009 offers a deep bouquet that opens with notes of red fruit and graphite combined with balsamic and spicy hints.

Tasting Notes

Ruby red, complex and elegant, Tancredi 2009 offers a deep bouquet, aromas of red fruit, especially morello cherries, merge with sweet graphite scents, followed by balsamic and spicy hints (tobacco, cocoa and liquorice). The palate perfectly reflects the nose, it is soft and round, well balanced by noble and elegant tannins.

It will find its best pairing with red grilled or oven-baked meats, game and aged cheeses. If served in large, big-bellied goblets it can be uncorked a few minutes before, otherwise a couple of hours earlier; excellent at 18°C (64° F).

2009 was a happy Sicilian vintage, even if it was a rainier than the last 10 years averages (844 mm- 33.2 inches- compared to 683 – 26.9 inches); normal climatic trends and scrupulous vineyard tending allowed us to bring healthy and perfectly ripe grapes to the cellar, grapes that have given rise to red wines characterized by good balance between fruit and structure.

Fermentation: in stainless steel with maceration on the skins for about 12 days at a temperature of 26 - 30° C (79 -86° F).

Aging: after malolactic fermentation, the wine ages for about 14 months in new and old French oak barriques and tonneaux and then fined in the bottle for about 24 months.

ABV: 13.55% Acidity: 6.1 g/L pH: 3.53

Soils: Clayey with a sub-alkaline reaction (pH 7.5 to 8). Total limestone from 20 to 35%. Rich in nutritive elements (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc).

Training and pruning: VSP (vertical shoot positioning), with wooden stakes and stainless steel wires; cordon spur training, leaving 6 to 8 buds per plant.

Planting densities: 4,500 to 6,000 plants per hectare (1,822-2,429 an acre).

Yield per hectare: about 5 tons (2 tons an acre).

Tancredi 2008 presents a renewed blend and confirms complexity and elegance as in its best vintages.

Tasting Notes

Tancredi 2008 confirms the quality and elegance acknowledged by its admirers in the Italian panorama of great red wines. Cabernet Sauvignon still brings great elegance and longevity, thanks to firm and velvety tannins. Nero d’Avola maintains its importance and stands out with fruity (cherry and sour cherry) and spicy notes. Tannat enhances the fruity component while adding a great polyphenolic structure rich in tannins: a variety ideal for long-ageing wines.

It will find its best pairing with red grilled or oven-baked meats, game and aged cheeses. If served in large, big-bellied goblets it can be uncorked a few minutes before, otherwise a couple of hours earlier; excellent at 18°C (64° F).

Compared to seasonal average, 2008 was a less rainy year, temperatures were slightly higher but without excessive peaks, while temperature ranges were large between day and night. Healthy and perfectly mature grapes, from an aromatic and phenolic point of view, were the premise for a great elegance and balance.

Fermentation: in stainless steel with maceration on the skins for about 12 days at a temperature of 26 - 30° C (79 -86° F).

Aging: after malolactic fermentation, the wine ages for about 14 months in new and old French oak barriques and tonneaux and then fined in the bottle for about 24 months.

ABV: 13.35% Acidity: 6.0 g/L pH: 3.53

Soils: Clayey with a sub-alkaline reaction (pH 7.5 to 8). Total limestone from 20 to 35%. Rich in nutritive elements (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc).

Training and pruning: VSP (vertical shoot positioning), with wooden stakes and stainless steel wires; cordon spur training, leaving 6 to 8 buds per plant.

Planting densities: 4,500 to 6,000 plants per hectare (1,822-2,429 an acre).

Yield per hectare: about 5 tons (2 tons an acre).

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