Chardonnay Terre di Chieti IGT

The Farnese Fantini winery is located in Abruzzi, just 19 miles away from the sea, under Mount Maiella, which reaches 3,000 meters (9,843 feet) above sea level. The range features a wide variety of wines made from grapes grown throughout the region and thus features many different terroirs and microclimates. The wines are crafted in the Colline Teramane DOCG appellation in large, ultramodern facilities covering 50,000 square meters (nearly 540,000 square feet) with state-of-the-art vinification equipment and French and American barrels for aging.

The winery also has a long history, going back to Renaissance times. Farnese was a noble family that – along with Princess Marguerite – produced wines that graced European banquet tables in the sixteenth century.

100% Chardonnay from vineyards near Ortona, covering 30 hectares (74 acres). Lively straw yellow, the nose is intense and quite persistent, fruity, with notes of tropical fruit and peaches. On the palate, good balance, body, intensity and persistence.


Wine exported to

USA

Grape Varieties:

100% Chardonnay

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

20 days

Type of yeast:

Selected yeast, locally harvested

Fermentation temperature:

12 °C (53.6 °F)

Malolactic fermentation:

No

Fining agent:

Bentonite

Aging containers:

Stainless steel

Container size:

12,500-30,000 liters

Bottling period:

November

Aging before bottling:

2 months

Aging in bottle:

1 months

Closure:

Screwcap

Organic:

No

Vineyard location:

Near Ortona, Abruzzo

Vineyard size:

1-3 hectares (2.47 - 7.4 acres)

Soil composition:

Medium-textured red volcanic soil

Vine training:

Pergola (Tendone) and Guyot

Altitude:

230-430 (750-1,400 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

1,800-2,500 plant per hectare

Yield:

8-9 tons per hectare

Exposure:

Southwestern/western

Years planted:

10-25 years

Age of vines:

10-25 years

Time of harvest:

Late August

Total yearly production (in bottles):

360,000 bottles

Tasting notes:

Bright straw yellow. Intense, quite persistent, fruity with notes of tropical and yellow pulp fruit. Fullbodied, well-balanced, intense and quite persistent.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 6-8 °C (42.-46.4 °F).

Food pairings:

Ideal with light first courses, fish, delicate white meat and young cheese. Also as an aperitif.

Aging potential:

Up to 2 years

Alcohol:

12,50% vol

Winemaker:

Rino SanteUSAnio, Francesco De Santis , Dennis Verdecchia