Old John, Marsala Superior Reserve Semi-Dry Amber 1998
The history of Marsala begins with a name: John Woodhouse. It is said that in 1773 the English merchant from Liverpool arrived in Sicily on business, looking for products such as almonds, honey, oil and tuna salami. One day, while he was sailing to Mazara for a load of soda ash, a storm forced his ship, the English brigantine “Elizabeth”, to find shelter in the port of Marsala. Here he found refreshment in a tavern and was impressed by how good the perpetuum was; a wine of high alcohol content produced by the farmers of the area, which he found similar to the already famous Port and Madeira. Immediately his intuition was ignited: and the idea of producing a wine in Marsala imitating the Portuguese one and exporting it to England was born. However, to prevent the wine from altering during the long sea voyage, its alcohol content was increased with the addition of a little wine spirit. Thus the first load of marsala wine arrived in England. Pellegrino named Old John, Marsala Superior Reserve Semi-dry Amber 1998 after the forward-thinking English businessman and innovator. From grillo, catarratto and inzolia grapes, grown in the hinterland of Marsala and Mazara del Vallo, intriguing for its intense amber colour, it is a versatile wine, with pleasant notes of apricot and carob and slight hints of thyme and black pepper.