Scibá Passito Zibibbo
LUSCIOUS FULL BODIED SWEET WHITE
This luscious Sicilian sweet wine is made according to the “passito” method where the harvested grapes are laid out to dry and to rise the sugars concentration in the juice. The wine is made with Zibibbo grapes which is more commonly known as Moscato di Alessandria in Italy or Muscat d’Alexandrie in France.
Zibibbo is one of the world’s great wine grapes, a unique variety that can withstand heat and droughty conditions better than most other wine grapes. This grape was originally cultivated in North Africa, probably close to the ancient city of Alexandria. The Arabs spread this grape around the Mediterranean basin including Sicily as a table grape and for drying. In Sicily the grape still retains its old name Zibibbo that comes from the Arabic word “Zabīb” which means “dried grape” or “raisin”. The Zibibbo grape is indeed highly suited for making sweet wines but it is nowadays also used to produce aromatic dry wines. Being an extremely old variety, the Zibibbo is the progenitor of many other Italian grapes. It is today planted all over the world, especially in hot and dry places.
Vineyard Location and Altitude: Valderice (Trapani) - 150 mt. a.s.l.
Type of soil: Mixed
Number of vines/ha: 4400 plants / Ha.
Vineyard Training System: Espalier with Guyot pruning system
Average age of vines: 15 years
The grapes were hand picked at the beginning of September and dried In temperature and humidity controlled cellars. After the fermentation the wine refines in steel vats.
The ample and round bouquet opens with aromas of candied fruit. On the palate, the sweetness is well balanced by crisp acidity and a touch of mineral notes.
Foie Gras; biscuits; cheese; jams and honey
Grape: 100% Zibibbo
Alcohol (ABV): 15%
Sugar (g/l): 170