Donnafugata Contessa Entellina "Tancredi" DOC 2008
70% Nero d’Avola and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon trained in the counter-espalier system and pruned in spurred cordon. Average planting density, 5,000 vines per hectare (2,024 an acre); production of about 5.0 tons per hectare (2.0 tons an acre). Terrain of medium consistency. The estate harvests Cabernet Sauvignon and Nero d’Avola during the month of September. The grapes are vinified in stainless steel with skin contact of about 12 days at 26-30°C (79-86°F). After malolactic fermentation, the wine is aged in new and second passage, French-oak barrels for 12-14 months and ages in bottle for at least 10 months.