Cervaro della Sala

Vintage

Classification

Umbria IGT

Blend

85% Chardonnay, 15% Grechetto

Climate

Autumn 2004 was mild with much more and heavier rain than previous years.
The very cold winter caused the vines to recover their vegetation later than usual.
The mild, dry weather after flowering permitted good fruit-setting. In July maximum temperatures reached 35° C, accelerating veraison, while in August the mild temperatures and frequent rain resulted in slow, steady ripening. The chardonnay harvest began in late August and continued throughout the month of September. The lack of rain in summer meant that the grapes were perfectly healthy at the time of harvesting with excellent balance between sugars and polyphenolic substances.

Vinification

The grapes come from 15-20 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 8-10 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 10 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% 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

A complex bouquet with fruity aromas of citrus, pineapple and pears blending with vanilla from the oak used for ageing. Excellent and unspoilt varietal character. Well-structured palate with lingering flavours.

Awards

"Cinque Grappoli"

ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA SOMMELIER Oct. 2007 Guida "Duemilavini 2008"

2007 Italy

Score: 90

WINE ADVOCATE June 2008

2008 U.S.A.

Score: 93

WINE SPECTATOR June 2008

2008 U.S.A.