Zibibbo Terre di Sicilia "Lighea" DOC Donnafugata
The Muscat of Alexandria is rich of history and refined prestigious. This white wine produced by the Donnafugata cellar is named Lighea which is a dialect name to define a girl with messy blonde hair and the sea water drips on the big green eyes. In this way Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa described Lighea, the charming siren who was the main character of one of his tale. This wine takes the cue from the tale and describes a complex and innovative wine with an original label. The Lighea vine is a dry version of the “Zibibbo” with a rich aromatic bouquet where you can find white rose and orange blossom aromas in addition to peach and candied citron peel.
Characteristics of the Lighea DOC wine
The white wine produced with the Zibibbo grapes 100% can achieve a proof between the 12 and the 13 degrees. The grapes Muscat of Alexandria cultivated in Pantelleria, are goodly influenced by the winds rich of salt. The vines are cultivated very short with the tree local method and so the pruning which is also very short. The cultivation density is 2500 vine stocks per hectare and the production is about 50 q. per hectare. The cultivation ground is volcanic and so, rich of minerals. The grapes are picked at the end of August from the youngest vines. After a soft pressing of the grapes, the must has to ferment under temperature control. Finally there is a 2 months of bottle refinement. The wine produced is very fine with some complex scent from the apple, the citrons and also floral such as the broom. All of that on a mineral background. The taste is full, sapid and soft. There is a good balance between the scent and the taste.
Suggested matches with this wine produced by Donnafugata Winery
It is perfect with all green fish, with the lasagna and especially with fried fish. One match with the typical local cooking is the “sarde alla beccafico” and with the cat fish and the asparagus with marjoram. It has to be served fresh at 11°C in tulip wine glasses. It can be tasted without any settling time.