Teresa Manara Chardonnay

Destiny arrives uninvited and never takes off its hat. Over the arc of our winery’s history, it actually happened twice. First, it took off its gloves and put down its suitcase in the form of a woman who recognized how a grand opera would emerge from the tiny voice of bulk wine in Southern Italy. Her name was Teresa Manara. She was the key that opened a door for a family’s passion. Thanks to Teresa, and her husband Giovanni Battista Cantele of course, that family became masters of the art of winemaking. Her spirit became the essence of all the vintages harvest by successive generations. As they took turns singing the various parts, they were the players in an opera that was produced so many times that it became a classic. Their mother earth was marked by seasons that blended into one another, just like all human life, with one fading into the next.

Teresa Manara isn’t just the name of a Chardonnay and a Negroamaro: Hers is the name of a before and after in our memories. It’s a loving homage to a woman, a mother, a wife, our muse and our grandmother. She traveled across Italy during a time when only men were allowed to run businesses. Today, her character and temperament are embodied by our top selections of Chardonnay and Negroamaro, wines that were created by her son Augusto Cantele in the 1990s.

The Teresa Manara Chardonnay is made from a top selection of Chardonnay grapes from our best vineyards. Only the highest-quality fruit goes into this barrique-aged wine.

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.

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