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CHARDONNAY
DOC 2017

For those who prefer certainties because they know that fashions are fleeting.

Varietal(s): Chardonnay
Age of vines: 10 – 20 years
Temperature: 10 – 12 °C
Age-ability: 2018 – 2023
Yield: 60 hl/ha
Vine training: Wire-trained
Alcohol: 13,5 %
Residual sugar: 3,0 g/l
Tot. Acidity: 5,7 g/l

VINTAGE

2017: After an unusually dry winter and early appearance of the new shoots, at the end of April we had a period of frost but fortunately we got off lightly. At the beginning of May the first grape blossoms started to open. Following a wet July accompanied by thunderstorms, some with local hailstorms, the vines made fast progress towards the final ripening stage. The harvest began very early at the finishing of August and after about one month it finished at the beginning of October.

VINIFICATION

Whole-cluster pressing of ripe, healthy grapes, followed by a 10 to 18-hour cold maceration and natural clarification, slow fermentation at a controlled temperature of 18 °C, 5-month ageing on the fine lees (50% in the large casks and big wooden barrels), filtering and bottling in March.

VINEYARD

South- and east-sloping vineyard between 350 and 450 meters above sea level. Very windy site, well-ventilated and therefore predestined for a later harvest; loamy, sandy, chalky gravel.

TASTING NOTES

– brilliant straw-yellow
– full of tropical fruit aromas, especially pineapple and banana, just a hint of oak, with vanilla and butter rounding off this expressive nose
– full-bodied and balanced on the palate, long lingering finish with
echoes of ripe fruit

RECOMMENDATION

This wine is perfect as an aperitif, or enjoyed with appetizers and fish.

AWARDS

Gambero Rosso – 2 Bicchieri
Bibenda - 2015: 4 Grappoli
I Vini di Veronelli - 2015: 90 p.
Luca Maroni – 2014: 90 p.