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NeroMàccarj - 2018


4.00 / 5.0

red still, dry
IGP Terre Siciliane, Italy
Nero d'Avola
1467 UAH
not available
Gulfi NeroMàccarj 2018

Nestled in the heart of Pachino in Siracusa lies the Val di Noto, a region renowned for its fertile soils and favorable terroir. Among its most distinguished vineyards stands Vigna Maccari, a gem in the Pachino landscape and one of the most celebrated vineyards in the Val di Noto.

Adhering to traditional viticultural practices, Vigna Maccari stands as a testament to the harmonious relationship between man and nature. Managed organically and without the aid of irrigation, the vines stretch across the gentle slope, merely 30 meters above sea level. Here, the temperate-warm Mediterranean climate intertwines with the calcareous-clay soils to craft a haven for the vineyard's star – the Nero d'Avola grape. Cultivated in the traditional alberello style, this grape variety derives its name from the nearby town of Avola, close to Pachino, in the province of Siracusa. Many centuries ago, local viticulturists selected and honed this unique variety, now synonymous with Sicilian wine heritage.

With a planting density of 8,000 vines per hectare, the yield averages around 50 quintals of grapes per hectare, depending on the year. Harvesting commences post mid-September, marking the beginning of an intricate vinification process. Extended maceration with the skins ensures a rich extraction of flavors, resulting in a wine that mirrors the depth and soul of the terroir. Following malolactic fermentation, this exquisite nectar finds its way into 500-liter barrels, maturing gracefully for approximately two years. But its evolution doesn't end there. A subsequent year of bottle aging allows the Nero d'Avola's complexity to shine, producing a wine that's truly representative of the Val di Noto's legacy.


4.00 / 5.0750 ml@Garage · Gulfi: enduring romance

A bit shy bouquet of cherry, violets, cherry nut and plum pie. It's a bit muted, like a good joke waiting for the right audience. The potential is there, wrapped up in firm tannin, bright acidity, and a juicy demeanor. It’s like a fruit market met a tobacco shop and decided to… errr, linger. The finish is long and dry, making its mark. After the stellar performance of Pinò '16, this one struggles in the shadow. It’s good, just sporting a youthful impatience. A few more years might just give it the spotlight it deserves.

Wine #4 on Gulfi: enduring romance event.


The fact that my relations with Sicilian wines are special might be something obvious. But not many people know that it all started with Gulfi stand at the very first Kyiv Wine festival. When we met, I was already tired (e.g. drunk). I almost passed by, disgusted by my own weakness, when a Gulfi representative (apologies, I don't remember her name) stopped me and offered a glass of their wine. I looked at the representative welcoming face. I looked at the naked ass on the label. And I realised there are no reasons to reject this present from Dionysus. And even though I don't remember which wines I tasted exactly, the Gulfi imprint is what I took out of that overly drunk day.

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It is worth mentioning that the naked ass on the label has a meaning. A meaning close enough to what one might think. Meet an ancient mosaic from Villa Romana del Casale located in Piazza Armerina in the province of Enna. This mosaic depicts Eros (Cupid) and Psyche (Beauty). According to the story, out of envy of Venus, they are forced to love each other in secret. But passion rarely goes unnoticed, and in their case, it found a physical manifestation (no puns) in the form of a daughter (no puns, seriously) they called Vulptas (literally meaning 'pleasure'), a goddess of sensual pleasures. And how does it connect to Gulfi? Sicily is Psyche, Gulfi is Eros, and their child is wine, a sensual pleasure.