2012 Ben Ryé, Donnafugata (half bottle)
Pantelleria is a small, volcanic island south west of Sicily. The Muscat of Alexandria is considered one of the finest clones of Muscat – whose vines thrive in the hot Mediterranean climate and volcanic, mineral rich soils. Ben Ryé is an arabic term for ‘son of the wind’, referring to the island’s blustery winds that constantly sweep through the vineyards.
The wine is made from partially dried grapes which accentuate the rich, dried stone fruit character and deliver unbelievable levels of intensity. Truly indulgent and refined.
Donnafugata has been owned and run by the Rallo family since 1851, beginning life in the family’s historic cellars in Marsala and Contessa Entellina vineyards in western Sicily. In 1989, Donnafugata set up shop on the island of Pantelleria, commencing its production of naturally sweet wines. The family are passionate not just about producing quality wines but also sustainable practises; nearly 7 miles of traditional Pantellerai drywalls have been repaired, which protect the vineyard, terrain and habitat areas for the local animal and plant life.
£32 per half bottle