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Winery : Fondo Antico
Fondo Antico is based in the area around Trapani in western Sicily.
Fondo Antico 2013 Memorie Rosato: This is a special wine - a barrel-aged rose that traditionally Sicilian winemaking families drank for celebratory occasions, hence the name 'Memorie' (memories). Made from nero d'avola, the wine is a pretty copper/onion skin, with quite brilliant flavours of cherry and blueberry. Sapid, savoury and dry. Outstanding aperitivo with antipasto.
Fondo Antico Grillo Parlante: This excellent wine has that rare quality for a white wine of being full bodied but also fresh. It opens up with fine florals, then richer apricot, complementing the smooth texture in the mouth. The finish is zesty. While Grillo is a classic Sicilian variety, its cultivation is not that old; DNA studies suggest it is a natural cross between (very dry) Cattaratto Bianco and Zibibbo.
Fondo Antico Nero d'Avola: Juicy, slurpy, medium-bodied red with enticingly fragrant aromas of cherry/raspberry mingling with aromatic white pepper. Amazingly smooth yet lively and very engaging, in part due to the absence of oak - the fruit is pure and focused.