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Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé 2021

Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé

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/ 0.75 L btl

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Spec sheet

TypePassito wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%

The wine

Son of the Wind. This splendid wine from Pantelleria could not have been called otherwise, which its intense fragrance can be partly attributed to the sun and to the wind of the island. It has a beautiful bright amber-yellow colour. On the nose is a symphony of aromas: apricots in jam, dates, dried figs, sultanas and candied citrus fruits. On the palate it is a seductive liquid velvet, enveloping, complex and perfectly balanced between sweetness, sapidity and softness. The aromas are persistent. A superb meditative wine. Amazing combined with blue cheeses.

What does this wine taste like?

Pale amber / Bright
Apricot / Jam / Dattero / Dried figs / Raisins / Candied fruit
Enveloping / Seductive / Complex / Balanced / Persistent

Drinking and storing

Serve between 10ºC and 12ºC

Food pairing

Blue cheeses
Sweet desserts and cakes

Ratings and awards

202094 PK
201996 SK
201894 PK
20173 GR4 VA
201696 PK
20153 GR4 VA
PK: ParkerSK: SucklingGR: Gambero rossoVA: Viti ais

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Suckling and Parker

A really complex dessert wine that can still remember that it was made from grapes, and the aromatic Zibibbo grape gives this an extraordinary range of aromas, from caramelized mandarin orange and dried apricot to black tea, via popcorn and sauteed peanuts. Such a beautiful balance of lush exotic-fruit and orange flavors and lively acidity. Everything fits so neatly and this still tastes fantastic now, but the longer you wait the better! Drink or hold.

— Anonimo (05/10/2021) Vintage 2019 - 96 SUCKLING

The Donnafugata 2018 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé shows that distinctive polished copper color that if you are a Ben Ryé fan like me, you will recognize a mile away. In fact, this celebrated Zibibbo-based dessert wine from Pantelleria always stands out in a crowd. It is one of Italy's A-list dessert wines. Fruit from alberello pantesco vines planted in volcanic soils is left to dry under the hot island sun and pushed forward in the appassimento process, thanks to steady sea winds. The aromas are also specific to this wine with sweet honey, glazed almond, brown sugar and sun-dried fig. This particular vintage is a hair less fresh perhaps in terms of acidity, but it is very expressive to the senses and concentrated in terms of texture. The pricing you see here is for the 375-milliliter bottle, but I tasted the wine from a 750-milliliter bottle (and total production is 60,000 bottles).

— Monica Larner (18/11/2021) Vintage 2018 - 94 PARKER

Customer reviews

34 reviews


Ageing period20 months

The winery



Donnafugata was founded in Sicily in 1983 by the Rallo family. Today, the company owns three wineries in three different terroirs: Marsala, Contessa Entellina and Pantelleria, occupying a total vineyard area of over 300 hectares. The Donnafugata wines are ambassadors of Sicily and its exciting, wide-ranging realm of sensations: conveying the diversity of soils present on the island, the various orientations and altitudes of the vineyard locations, the climate’s special...