Cervaro della Sala

Vintage

Classification

Umbria IGT

Blend

80% Chardonnay, 20% Grechetto

Climate

The beginning of Spring was quite cool, and this caused a slight delay in budding, but afterwards temperatures increased enabling perfect flowering and setting of the berry. During the second half of August, the weather changed and the grape clusters on the vines were carefully selected and eliminated. This enabled the remaining clusters to ripen perfectly and, at the time of harvest, they were in excellent condition with good development of their aromatic and varietal characteristics.

Vinification

The grapes come from 14-18 year old vines planted at Antinori's #Castello della Sala#, at elevations ranging between 200 and 400 metres (656 and 1,312 feet), in Pliocene sedimentary soils rich in marine fossils with some clay. The grapes were harvested and immediately placed in special refrigerated conveyer equipment to ensure that the grapes would be cool on arrival at the press. The grape varieties were vinified separately, undergoing about 8 hours of maceration at 10°C to extract all the aromas. Following maceration, the musts were transferred to new French oak 225 liter barrels (Alliers and Troncais) where alcoholic fermentation took place over a period of 15 days. The wine remained on the lees (sur lie) in the barriques for about 5 months, during which time it completed its malolactic fermentation. It was then racked, blended, bottled, and remained a further 10 months in bottles in the historic cellars of Castello della Sala before being released.
Alcohol : 13,0% Vol.

Historical data

In 1987, Antinori introduced its first Chardonnay-based wine, the 1985 vintage Cervaro della Sala, a name that translates as Stag of the Hall, and was taken from that of the 14th century feudal owners of #Castello della Sala#, an Umbrian castle Antinori purchased in 1940. The wine has won numerous awards, including the coveted three goblets from Gambero Rosso (one of Italy's leading wine magazines).

Tasting notes

Very fruity, rich, dry, complex, and elegant French-oak-aged Chardonnay with excellent varietal character and Umbrian nuances. It is very appealing now and will continue to increase in elegance over the years.

Awards

"Tre Bicchieri"

GAMBERO ROSSO Oct. 1998 Italian Magazine

1998 Italy