The wine of contradiction
In 1988, Marco De Bartoli challenged himself with this marsala style wine as well, always and deliberately left aside because the only wine which could be proud holder of the “virgin” attribute was, in his own vision, his Vecchio Samperi, obtained with no fortification at all.
How and when Marsala Vergine Riserva 1988.
Thanks to its extraordinary complexity and balance, it could be considered a meditation wine, to sip in cognac balloon snifter and to substitute a XO distillate. Serve it at room temperature or slightly chilled (14-16 °C, that is about 57-61 °F)
Marsala Vergine Riserva: one of a kind work
This unreleased, controversial wine so traditional and modern at the same time, is the fruit of the tireless experimentation pursued by Marco all along the years.
3,500 Grillo vines per hectare, planted between 1970 and 1996 in Contrada Samperi, Marsala, in mostly level land, with limestone, sandy loam soil. The vines are trained with the Guyot system. The grapes are picked and selected by hand, soft pressed, naturally decanted and traditionally fermented at room temperature, in oak and chestnut barrels. A part of the must was fortified in 1988 only with acquavite (grape spirit) obtained from the same grapes. Bottled in January 2019. The wine aged over 30 years in chestnut and oak vats of different sizes.