Our Chardonnay is a top quality wine with great character traits. The wine originates from a mini-plot on the best slope and is produced only in very small amounts. The absolute attention to detail and meticulous screening and selection make this Chardonnay extremely distinctive. Proximity to the sea and the cool nights lend this wine its uniqueness and a suggestion of finesse worthy of a Burgundy.
Monteverro Chardonnay is bursting with sweet aromas of pear, honey, vanilla, apricot, and white chocolate. It is balanced by mild notes of white truffles and roasted nuts. The first sips are fresh revealing enticing stone fruit and citrus flavors of white peach and blood orange; the wine quickly evolves to showcase a complex white with excellent minerality and a lingering finish with hints of candied orange peel and marzipan. The wine undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation on fine lees and is then aged in 30% new French oak barrels and 70% egg-shaped concrete tanks for 14 months.
In Tuscany the winter rain is very important to refill the water table but winter 2011/2012 was one of the driest in Monteverro history. Tuscany had less than 250 mm of rain between October of 2011 and March of 2012. The average rainfall is normally about 600 mm. Because the soils were dry, they needed less time to warm up, and therefore, bud-break was quite early (March, 28th).
A dry spring led the vine to produce fewer and smaller berries. In addition, the average temperature was lower than normal which helped the vine limit its evaporation and transpiration. The summer followed the same pattern as the season with few rains and moderate temperatures. These conditions and low yields accelerated the ripening process and gave a great balance between acidity and fruit.
The Chardonnay was harvested on the 17th and 20th of August.