Donnafugata - Chiaranda

Donnafugata - Chiaranda 2016

White Wine

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Item# 83314-16/6PK

Product Ratings

Wine Spectator 91pt
James Suckling 90pt

Food pairing

Perfect with lobster, cream of vegetable soup and smoked fish, we suggest it also with roast quail and aged cheeses. Serve it in large, relatively tall goblets; uncork 30 minutes before serving; excellent at 11-13 Celsius (52-55 Farenheit).

Tasting notes

Chiaranda 2016 has a straw yellow color. The nose offers a complex bouquet with scents of fresh tropical fruit, aromatic herbs, and toasted hazelnuts. The palate is ample and well-structured, with pleasant savoury notes and a long mineral finish. An important white with a long and satisfying persistence and great aging potential.

Vinification

Fermentation: in stainless steel, at a temperature of 14-16 Celsius (57-61 Farenheit). Then the wine ages partially matured in oak (65% in first and second passage barriques ) for 8 months on its noble lees, partially in small cement vats (35%); finally it is fined in the bottle for at least 12 months.

Vintage

The 2016 vintage was characterized by a fairly balanced climatic trend, marked by a mild spring and a summer without excessive peaks of heat, allowing the vineyard to continue the vegetative cycle in a balanced way. Overall, from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016, 590 mm of rainfall was recorded, a slightly lower figure compared to seasonal averages. Careful vineyard management allowed us to bring into the winery healthy and well-ripened grapes, a premise of quality, long-lived wines

Harvest

Manual harvesting of grapes into crates with careful selection of the grapes in the vineyard. The Chardonnay destined for the production of Chiarandà was harvested in the second half of August

Background

The wine made its debut in 1992 as Chiaranda del Merlo from the names of the two vineyards where the Ansonica and Chardonnay grapes were grown. Ten years later the name has been simplified to Chiaranda and the label has been enriched with a female figure that suggests complexity and refinement.