Zensa, pronounced ‘Sensa’, by Italian definition means ‘without.’ They focus on using organic grapes from Trapani (Sicily) and Puglia, producing wines from Primitivo (Zinfandel to some), Nero d’Avola, and Fiano.
For their Puglian Primitovo and the Nero d”Avola, the grapes are left uncrushed prior to fermentation in order to get maximum colour extraction, with 30% of the total Puglian wine aged in French and American barriques for a toasty, earthy finish. 15% of the Sicilian red is aged for eight months in American oak, giving a characteristic vanilla and dark chocolate edge to the wine.
Selecting grapes from low-yielding, fully organic vineyards in Salento (Southern Puglia), their Fiano white is exceptionally fresh. The grapes are hand-harvested early in the morning to retain maximum acidity, while a gentle pressing followed by a short chilling period retains the bright fruit flavours. The week spent on its lees post fermentation allows for a well-balanced finished wine, with tropical notes and a refreshing palate.