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Marco De Bartoli

Marco De Bartoli 'Integer' Zibibbo Sicilia Bianco 2020


no added sulfur

Country: Italy

Region: Sicily

Type: Orange Wine

Grape: Zibibbo

Marco di Bartoli comes from a Marsala-producing family. He wandered for a while, became a race car driver among other things, but found his way back to the family business, intent on changing up the status quo – which in his region was pretty industrial. He moved all farming to organics, insisted on hand harvesting in a machine-driven wine region, worked only with estate-grown grapes and native yeast fermentations. Marco passed awayin 2011, but his adult children Renato, Sebastiano and Giuseppina are continuing his work.

The Integer wines are the De Bartolis' entry into the world of skin contact wines, made exclusively from local varieties and aged in clay amphorae. Organic farming. After a manual selection of the indigenous grapes, the clusters are gently destemmed, to start a maceration that lasts for all the fermentation process (in this case, about 10 days), with wild yeasts, without any pumping over and punching down, in open vats and clay amphoras, and with no direct control on temperature. After the racking, the wine ages in the same barrels and amphoras, on the lees for approximately a year, at room temperature. The wine is bottled without filtering and fining, as it gets clear through natural decanting. No added sulfur.

Rich and intense aromas of exotic fruits, ripe yellow fruits, apricot, peach and candied citrus. The palate is fresh and savory, with citrus, mineral and oxidative notes.