100% Nero d`Avola
The fruit for Sherazade comes from South-western Sicily. The vineyards are planted on clay loam soils, rich in nutritive elements and total limestone from 20 to 35%. The altitude is between 200 – 400 metres above sea level. Since the 2009 vintage, Sherazade has been made solely from Nero d’Avola grapes, which are planted at approximately 5,000 vines per hectare, trained using vertical shoot positioning and spur pruned.
The mid-weight Donnafugata Nero d’Avola Sherazade is rich and softly textured with blackberry and dried plum. There is a lot about this wine that reminds me of a Syrah with soft tannins and a rich embroidery of ripe fruit flavors with spice and tobacco. Even the wine’s name recalls the eastern roots of this well-traveled Mediterranean variety that shares much in common with Sicily’s Nero d’Avola, but some burnt hazelnut aromas and black olive remind you of the wine’s true all-Sicilian DNA. This vintage offers especially good value. Wine Advocate – 90