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Bel has a ruby-red colour with a purple rim; smoky aromas, scents of ripe berry fruits with hints of spices; and a complex, cherry-blackberry flavour with an enduring finish.
This vintage was characterized by the very little rainfall. Temperatures were in line with seasonal averages, except for winter which was slightly warmer. Due to the high temperatures in January and February sprouts occurred slightly earlier than in the previous year. Because of the little rain and excessive heat on the island, the grapes matured in advance but despite this, we have obtained good productions for all the varieties in our vineyards. Having invested a lot of time in the vineyard, managing the foliage of the plants and maximizing the water in the soil, we have achieved some very good wines, which despite the warm weather, all in all, are very fresh, well balanced characterized by lively aromas in the whites and deep intense colors in the reds.
The name ‘Bel’ recalls the Phoenician god of fertility worshipped under various names throughout the Punic world.
Part of the wine is aged for 6 months in French oak barrique (225 lt) while a part is preserved in stainless steel to mantain freshness, after blending and bottling it rests for a further 6 months in the bottle.
The Bel was first released in 1997 (vintage 1996)
Available in 375ml and 750ml.