Cervaro della Sala

Vintage

Classification

Umbria IGT

Blend

80% Chardonnay, 20% Grechetto

Climate

The end of Winter and the beginning of Spring were mild and very dry, which favoured early budding of the vines and accelerated the vegetative cycle - until the stabilising effect of some rainfall in May.
Flowering took place in the same average period as other vintages.
June was very hot and this accelerated the growth of the grapes and of the vegetative cycle by about 10-12 days.
The Summer months were very hot and sunny with temperatures well above average - particularly in July with long periods without any rainfall. This meant that the growth rate of the vines slowed down slightly and, on average, the grapes ripened about a week earlier than in average vintages.
In all the estates a careful thinning of the red variety grapes was carried out during the month of August, in order to ensure that the remaining grapes would ripen in the best conditions.

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. In order to maximise the wine's aromas, the musts remained in contact with the skins for about 8 hours at 10°C. Afterwards 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 the bottle in the historic cellars of Castello della Sala before being released.
Alcohol : 13,5% 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 and complex on the nose, with hints of vanilla and excellent varietal character. In the mouth it is structured with a very long finish.

Awards

"Cinque grappoli"

ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA SOMMELIER Oct. 2000 "Duemilavini 2001" Guide

2000 Italy

"Tre Bicchieri"

GAMBERO ROSSO Oct. 2000 "Vini d'Italia 2001" Guide

2000 Italy