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Chardonnay Salento IGT

The denomination “Salento IGT” may be applied only to vinification of grapes ­produced in the provinces of Lecce, Brindisi and Taranto. Thanks to some sparkling wine ­producers, in ­particular the Gancia family, which is one of the most important wineries in ­Italy. Thirty years ago the Chardonnay was brought to Puglia in order to improve sparkling wine production. Some local ­growers foresaw a great potential and began to conduct yield reduction experiments. The ­result was a richer and more structured wine flavored with hints of apple, apricot and tropical fruit. Sixteen years ago the Cantele family planted its first chardonnay vines. Now it is one of the most ­important varieties that they cultivate.

Owner: Cantele Family
Website: www.cantele.it
Winemaker: Gianni Cantele
Type: White wine
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Vineyard Location: Montemesola-Guagnano
Orientation: North-South
Elevation: 200 ft
Vines Planted: 1982
Trellising: Guyot
Vines/Acre: 2,025
Yield/Acre: 45 ql
Soil: Calcareous, siliceous and clay

The grapes are harvested during the first 10 days of August and are ­subsequently de-stemmed, crushed and soft pressed. The juice is then chilled at 50°F in order to facilitate the clarification. Alcoholic ­fermentation using selected yeasts then takes place in stainless steel tanks where the temperature remains below 57°F.

Tasting Notes
Color: Straw colored with elusive green highlights
Bouquet: Lily of the valley, magnolia and linden blossom; the floral ­perfume intensifies as the wine matures
Flavor: Fresh and harmonious
Pairings: Pairs well with shellfish, vegetables and soft cheeses

Alcohol Content: 13%
Serving Temperature: 52-55°F
Production: 300,000 bottles