Frazzitta, Marsala Fine Ambra Dolce 17%Regular price €18.00
Typical intense aromas and flavours of dried fruits make this a smooth and seductive glassful. This is the fine grade of Marsala, ideal in the kitchen and also very acceptable as an aperitif or accompaniment to nuts, Madeira cake or crisp biscuits.
Marsala is made exclusively in and around the town of that name in the west of Sicily; and, although the number of producers is dwindling as fashions change, and there is no longer a need to 'fortify' wines against long sea voyages, there is still nothing quite like its unique blend of flavours.
Since the award of DOC status in 1969, Marsala's contemporary incarnations can be made from any combination of ten grapes, including the traditional Grillo and Inzolia as well as the plentiful Catarratto and scarcer Sicilian specialties such as Pignatello, Nerello Mascalese and Damaschino.
Fine wines are aged for a minimum of a year, while superiore (two years), superiore riserva (four years), vergine/soleras (five years), and finally vergine/solera stravecchio (ten years) represent the upper tiers of the Marsala hierarchy.
The colour and degree of sweetness also vary, and have their own classifications: oro, ambra and rubino differentiate the golden wines from those with tawny and reddish colours in the glass, while wines marked secco are dry, at 40g/l of residual sugar, with semisecco at 40-100g/l and dolce at more than 100g/l indicating the sweeter styles.
|Wine colour||Red wine|
|Grape variety||Grillo, Catarratto, Inzolia, Damaschino|