Tamarind & salt of the earth nose. Lush fig jam palate. Popping acidity and low-key tannins
Producer: Tenuta Gorghi Tondi
Region: Sicily, Italy
Grapes: Nero d'Avola
Medium Body, Enticing
Flavors: Dried hibiscus, fig jam, subtle tannins
Pairings: Earthy Cheese, Beef Stew
On an island in which winemaking is more commonly and historically reserved for men, Tenuta Gorghi Tondi has always been run by females. A winery born from the love of a grandmother’s love for nature, sisters Clara and Annamaria Sala prioritize the environmental heritage to be present in every bottle. The Sala sisters come from 4 generations of winemakers in two estates Ramisella and San Nicola, a few miles from Mazara del Vallo in the west corner of Sicily. This area is characterized largely by the Nature Reserve of Lake Preola and Gorghi Tondi which are on the plain between the hills and the sea. The Salas believe that it is not enough to cultivate land, it must be respected. The winery produces a large range of wines from more internationally common grapes like Syrah and Merlot to indigenous grapes of Sicily like Nero d’Avola and Grillo.
Nero d'Avola can produce a bold, full-bodied wine that can sometimes be overpowering. The Gorghi Tondi Nero d'Avola however is a softer expression of this dark-fruit grape. A beaming ruby red color and a striking bright nose of dried hibiscus, tamarind and salt of the earth. On the palate, fig jam and black licorice followed by restrained tannins. It is aged for 5 months in stainless steel tanks and then for 2 months in the bottle before release. In the words of the Sala sisters, "this wine contains all the soul of the Sicilian micro continent."