Archimede Riserva 2018, Marabino


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100% Nero d'avola

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Ready or drink by 2026




Nero d'Avola is perfect with spaghetti all'arrabbiata (a little bit spicy), tuna or Sicilian caponata.

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Winemaker Notes

Marabino is found in Noto in southern Sicily, known for it's Baroque city and wild, fertile hills. Biodynamically farmed, with no use of herbicides, no chemical or synthetic treatments or fertilizers. Their pesticide treatments are limited to low doses of mine sulfur; fertilizations are limited to biodynamic preparations, shredded pruning and green manure of grasses and legumes.

The Archimede Riserva started with a purchase of an vineyard with an old 'pupato' sapling of Nero d'Avola on calcareous soil slightly exposed to the south. There are many varieties of fruit trees in this vineyard, pomegranate, rowan and apricot which add to the distinctive breadth of the wine. The deep roots of the vines dig deep into the subsoil, giving the grapes a concentration and richness which translates to elegant facets that distinguish this Archimede Riserva from the other Marabino wines.

The wine ferments with indigenous yeasts, with a long maceration of the must with the skins. Vinified in steel, it ages in cherry wood barrels for 12 months before a long bottle aging.

The Story

Pierpaolo Messina has always had the immense fortune to come from a family who had money, meaning that he can experiment with working extremely natural and biodynamic ways, without the worry that if a plant dies or something doesn't work out that he can't afford to put a child through school. And because of this, he's been able to push the envelope and achieve things that not everyone has the ability to do. One really unique feature about the vineyards of southern Sicily near his zone of Noto is that the soils are immensely complex, changing color and composition every few meters.

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