Sanlore IGT Sicilia 2011

A great Gulfi wine

Located between Pachino and Noto, the 2.5 hectare San Lorenzo vineyard was planted more than 40 years ago. Like the other great wines of Gulfi, this wine is 100% Nero d'Avola from the southeastern tip of Sicily, where the best terroirs for this native varietal are found. This red sand vineyard is a few hundred metres from the ocean. Made with indigenous yeasts and spontaneous fermentation, the Nero Sanlore, with its floral notes and strong minerality, shows a more feminine aspect of Nero d'Avola. It has a great aging potential.

About this wine

Sub region
Val di Noto
Nero d'Avola
Wine style
Fresh, Bold, Racy, Silky
When to Drink
Drink over the next 10 years
Case size

Deep ruby red colour with purple highlights. The complex nose reveals plum, iodine, geranium, and rhubarb aromas, as well as spices. On the palate it has great finesse; it is compact, mineral and silky. More than medium bodied, it has a long red fruit finish.

Grilled fish, grilled octopus, grilled vegetables

Red sand

Non-irrigated organic vineyard located 10 metres above sea level. Gobelet pruning, warm climate. Southern exposure. Manual harvest

Manual September harvest. Long, temperature-controlled maceration on the skins. Vinified with indigenous yeasts. Aged in French oak barrels for 22 months. A minimum of 18 months of bottle aging before release



CAD$383.70 per case

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About the producer


Gulfi: An exceptional winery with extraordinary terroirs

The Gulfi family’s philosophy is based on conservation and respect for nature. They maintain their forefathers’ high standards to preserve the ecosystem and natural balance in their vineyards. On these ancestral lands nature dictates the pace in both the vineyard and in the winery. The estate is certified organic and practices non-interventionist winemaking. The majority of the vineyards are located in south-eastern Sicily and the best vineyards consist of Gobeletpruned bush vines. An organic approach produces the best wines and is essential to obtain a viticulture that is in synergy with the environment, according to the owner, Vito Catania. Voted Best Italian Winery of 2012, Gulfi makes exceptional wines that must be added to one’s collection.

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About the region

Val di Noto in Sicily

A region with an ideal grape growing climate

Famous for its architecture and cultural history, Val di Noto became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. When it comes to viticulture, this area has some of Sicily’s finest and most famous vineyards. The area has many different landscapes and a wide variety of microclimates, but the triangle formed by the towns of Ragusa, Noto and Eloro combine the key factors for high quality wine production. The Nero d'Avola grape flourishes here like nowhere else in Sicily. This is where the greatest wines of this grape variety, which owes its name to the town of Avola, are made. The southern tip of the island is actually farther south than Tunis! Because of the hot winds that regularly roam the vineyards and the quasi-absence of rain during the summer the risk of mould is low, setting the ideal conditions for organic viticulture.

The wines of Val di Noto, on the south eastern tip of Sicily, have enjoyed a mounting popularity in the last couple of decades. In this region soils vary greatly from one area to another. Soil composition in some parcels is closer to that of the vineyards of Etna, with a rich concentration of volcanic tuff. Other parcels further south have a chalky or even sandy clay soil. The hilly landscapes also play an important role in the development of the grapes and their flavours.

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