One of the best wines we’ve tasted in years!

Donnafugata ‘Ben Ryé’ Passito di Pantelleria 2011

This stunning dessert wine come from Pantelleria, a tiny island off Sicily, but is actually closer to Africa than Italy. Arabic influences aboundwith Donnafugata, from the name of the wine- Ben Ryé is derived from the Arabic ‘son of the wind’ – to the beautiful Arabian nights inspired labels.

Donna Fugata

The wine itself is suitably exotic!
The grape is Zibibbo, an ancient Sicilian grape variety which is probably more commonly known as Muscat of Alexandria. The vines are more than 100 years old, and this is expressed in the concentration of flavour. A beautiful amber colour, incredibly enticing nose of apricot, orange peel, sweet orange and spice.

On the palate it is rich and sweet but perfectly balanced, with the crisp acidity providing a perfect freshness to all of those wonderfully evocative flavours. It is quite simply the most wonderful dessert wine we’ve tasted in years. Scrap that- it’s one of the best wines we’ve tasted in years. It is available in ely winebar, Ely Place by the glass for just €9.

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