Barberry Garden

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NeroSanlorè - 2013


9.00 / 10

red still, dry
Sicilia DOC, Italy
Nero d'Avola
997 UAH
not available
Gulfi NeroSanlorè 2013


9.00 / 10750 ml

NeroSanlorè is a member of great gang from Pachino, vineyards are located few steps away from sea, 40+ years old vines. Long maceration, two years of aging in small barrels. Result is intense and complex. Black pepper, blackberry, sugar cherry, prune, jam, vanilla, earth and tobacco. Overall spicy-earthy-salty sensation. Great body, well balanced and warm with powerful tannins and matching acidity, very long and evolving finish with flavours of prune and tobacco. Simply delicious. Still has potential.


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.

some random image you can find on barberry garden

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.