A great Chardonnay from Bolzano, with beautiful fruit richness and freshness of acidity. Amazing value.
Cantina Bolzano winegrowers have a strong focus on near-natural methods and sustainably managed vineyards.
Wine: CANTINA BOLZANO Chardonnay 2016
Producer: Cantina Bolzano/Kellerei Bozen
Region/Country: Alto Adige, Italy
Production Method: Organic. Minimal intervention winemaking in stainless steel to preserve aromatics
Style: Crisp and dry with lovely palate weight and rip orchard and stone fruit flavours.
Pairing Suggestion: Salads, vegetable dishes, white meat
Profile: Commonly referred to as the winemakers grape owing to both its versatility and ease of manipulation in the winery. Chardonnay will range widely in character depending on its region of origin as well as winemaking style. One the lighter end of the spectrum, generally from cooler regions, it will display crisp, somewhat tart acidity alongside citrus and orchard fruit character and mineral texture. Moving to warmer climates gradually produces a more ripe stone and tropical fruit character. Winemaking, particularly the use of oak and batonnage (lees stirring) produces a richer, creamier texture and flavours of toast, butter and vanilla spice.
Classic Regions: Chablis, Cote d'Or, Maconnais, Champagne (France), Yarra Valley, Tasmania, Margaret River (Australia), Canterbury (New Zealand), Walker Bay (South Africa)
This estate represents the joint efforts of two of Alto Adige’s most historic coops—Santa Magdalena, est. 1930 and Cantina Gries, est. 1908 after they merged in the 1960s. What stands out with Bolzano is the good nature of everyone that works there combined with a borderline militaristic commitment to quality and tradition. Their winemaking team has identified key targets for their growers from phenolic ripeness, to acid to yield per acre and they created massive incentives for growers to aim for quality over quantity.