Antinori Cervaro della Sala 2021 - IN BOND

antinori cervaro della sala - wimbledon wine cellar

96+ pts, Monica Larner,
This wine is mostly Chardonnay with about 7% Grechetto. The presence of the Grechetto has declined quite a bit over the past couple of vintages. Given these tweaks to the winemaking formula, the 2021 Cervaro della Sala promises an exceptionally crisp and linear presentation with salty mineral tones, lots of stone fruit and tart apple. No malolactic fermentation or oak is used on the Umbrian grape that always adds a hint of rusticity and Umbrian authenticity. However, the Chardonnay is fermented in oak and aged in both new and used barrel. In light of climate change, work is being completed to reduce vineyard density, with new plantings going in at 3,500 vines per hectare, down from 5,500 vines per hectare like we saw in the past.

These wines were tasted during a visit to the Marchesi Antinori headquarters in Bargino, Tuscany. Castello della Sala is one of the group's most interesting estates and is especially important to Managing Director Renzo Cotarella, who is native to Umbria and grew up not too far away from this postcard-perfect castle. The wines from the classic 2021 vintages are beautiful, both the reds and the whites; however, Mr. Cotarella tells me that yields are much lower due to frost damage in the spring of that year. The big news from Castello della Sala is the release of a new high-end Chardonnay, Nibbio della Sala, introduced this year. The wine is made in a very fresh, linear style with the requisites for cellar aging. Although Nibbio della Sala comes from the Castello della Sala property, the branding is Marchesi Antinori, so you will find a review of this exciting new wine listed under that name in this report. May 2023

The name Cervaro derives from the noble family that owned the Castello della Sala during the 14th century: the Monaldeschi della Cervara. Chardonnay grapes combined with a small part of Grechetto for a wine designed to refine over time and represent the elegance and complexity of a unique place. Cervaro della Sala was one of the first Italian white wines to undergo malolactic fermentation and aging in barriques with the first vintage in 1985.

Sala Castle
Castello della Sala is located in Umbria, a short distance from the border with Tuscany, about 18 kilometers from the historic city of Orvieto. The lands of the Castle, an imposing medieval manor, extend for 600 hectares, of which 200 hectares are planted with vines, at a height of 220 - 470 meters above sea level, among the rolling hills that characterize the beautiful countryside of these areas. The soil is basically clayey, calcareous, rich in fossil shells, with vineyards well exposed to sunrise and with excellent temperature variations: that of Castello della Sala is an area highly suited to the production of white wines. Only one exception: Pinot Noir finds in this terroir the ideal conditions to express itself at its best.

Cervaro della Sala was one of the first Italian whites to carry out malolactic fermentation and aging in barrique.

Cervaro della Sala was born from the desire to create a white wine capable of facing long refinements.

In 1985, Renzo Cotarella, then winemaker at Castello della Sala, produced the first vintage of Cervaro della Sala.



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£300.00 a case (6 x 75cl)