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Teresa Manara Chardonnay VT

This wine is named after Teresa Manara, grandmother to the current generation of the Cantele family and the woman who inspired her husband to resettle in Salento, a land that had swept her off her feet when she first saw it on a business trip with him.

Mother, grandmother, wife, and muse, she continues to be a guiding light for the family and its wines, including its flagship Chardonnay and Negroamaro, named in her honor.

She traveled across Italy at a time when only men were allowed to do business. And her indomitable spirit lives on in these unforgettable wines, which were created by her son Augusto in the 1990s using select grapes from top vineyards.

TRAINING Guyot (5,000 plants per hectare).
HARVEST September 6, 2016.
VINIFICATION Grapes gently pressed.  Must cooled to 10°C.
FERMENTATION In steel vats at 18° C. then in barriques.
AGING In barrique on its lees for 12 months.
AGING POTENTIAL Drink now or age up to 8-10 years.
SERVE AT 14° C (57° F.).

Tasting Notes

COLOR  Translucent golden yellow.

NOSE  Robust, fresh notes of lime, grapefruit, yellow orange, and lime tree.

PALATE A soft white that rides on refreshing acidity. Thirst-quenching but full-bodied and confident with notes of yellow peach, acacia honey, raw almonds, and hazelnut. The finish delivers an intensely salty, passionate Mediterranean flourish.

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