Antinori Cervaro della Sala 2017 - IN BOND

cervaro della sala - wimbledon wine cellar

 A rare opportunity to purchase a magnum of this exquisite white wine - Without doubt one of Antinori's finest whites.

99/100: James Suckling

The name Cervaro comes from the noble family that owned Castello della Sala during the 14th century, Monaldeschi della Cervara. A blend of Chardonnay grapes and a small quantity of Grechetto make a wine that can age over time and represent the elegance and complexity of this unique estate. Cervaro della Sala is one of the first Italian white wines to have malolactic fermentation and aging take place in barriques. The first vintage of Cervaro to be produced was the 1985 vintage.

2017 was, on the whole, a dry year with a winter characterized by an absence of rainfall and temperatures which were below seasonal averages. A late frost, which struck particularly hard low-laying vineyard plots during the month of April caused a loss of grape production. The warm and dry weather of the summer months favored an early ripening but guaranteed as well a very healthy crop. Drip irrigation was utilized to combat the scarcity of water which occurred in certain vineyard parcels. The harvest took place with the picking of healthy grapes, capable of producing a wine with a notably positive balance between acidity and alcohol. The picking of the Chardonnay to be utilized for Cervaro della Sala began at the end of the second week of the month of August while the Grechetto was harvested during the first days of the month of September.

Tasting Notes: The 2017 vintage, characterized by a generally warm climate, nonetheless maintains the freshness and the typical Mediterranean style of Cervaro della Sala. The nose offers perceptible notes of chamomile and flint. The palate is savory with the characteristic and delicate sensations of vanilla and butter which meld gracefully into hints of tropical fruit to compose a well-defined bouquet. The wine is still young, but will be able to evolve well for years to come as well.

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£130.00 a case (1 x 150cl)