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Teresa Manara Chardonnay

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.

CLASSIFICATION I.G.T. Salento.
GRAPE VARIETY Chardonnay.
PRODUCTION AREA Guagnano.
TRAINING Guyot (5,000 plants per hectare).
HARVEST Mid-August.
VINIFICATION Grapes gently pressed.  Must cooled to 10°C.
FERMENTATION In steel vats at 15° C. then in barriques.
AGING In barrique on its lees for 8 months.
AGING POTENTIAL A vertical of 3 vintages is recommended.
SERVE AT 14° C. (57° F.).

Tasting Notes

COLOR Intense straw yellow with nuanced golden and green tones.

NOSE  Spicy aromas emerge immediately on the nose, giving way to a rainbow of overflowing floral and fruit aromas. Acacia and vine flowers together with local and exotic, ripe fruit.

PALATE  Silky in the mouth, velvety and mellifluous, with freshness and sweet spices imparted by selected wood used during aging. The finish wins over the drinker with its length and its terroir expression.

Wine Art

There’s another name in the name of this wine. And of course, it just had to be a woman as well: Tamara de Lepicka, a painter who inspired this label.

Its curvy lines caress the bottles with its soft colors and noirish tones.

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