Cantele Chardonnay Salento, Italy 2018Regular price $15.00
The Cantele family hails from Northern Italy originally, a region that knows a thing or two about growing white wine grapes. But 3 generations ago a young couple in love decided to move their fortunes to the Salento peninsula, after visiting on a vacation and also falling in love with the landscape. Now well-known, but then pioneers, the Cantele family winery has become the standard for Chardonnay producers in the southern reaches of the boot.
Part of their signature process involves cold temperature maceration and fermentation of the grapes, all in steel, and interrupting the malolactic cycle that can sometimes give Chardonnay that characteristic creaminess. In this case instead we have a lovely aromatic nose of white flowers and herbs, with clean bright citrus and orchard fruit on the palate. Finishes crisp!
Food Ideas: crudo and sushi! Steamed shellfish with herbed butter, seafood paella, endive and pomegranate salad, cheese plates