Wine Details

Tenuta Santa Maria Chardonnay Torrepieve Verona IGT

Fermentation and long refinement in oak barriques of 50% of the must yields a Chardonnay that is particularly elegant and complex, with a notable balance between freshness and sapidity. Delicate perfumes of vanilla scents fade into more exotic aromas of pineapple, banana and citrus, finishing with hazelnuts and melted butter. This is a Chardonnay of great character that expresses the particular terroir of the Illasi Valley, especially adapted to white grape varieties.

Region:

Producer:

Tenuta Santa Maria

Varietal:

100% Chardonnay

Vineyard:

Illasi Valley (16km east of Verona)

Yield:

5,000 kg/ha

Aging:

After blending, wine is refined for approx. 6 months and aged for further 4 months before bottling

Alcohol content:

13.5%

Age of vines:

28 years

pH level:

3.5

Acidity:

4.5 g/l

Production:

10,000 bottles

Soil:

Primarily clay with deeper calcareous layers

Training:

Spur-pruned, cordon-trained

Average altitude:

50 meters above sea level

Vinification:

After harvest, grapes are cooled before being pressed and must is left to separate from sediments. 50% of must is fermented and refined in new medium-toast barriques for approx. 150 days, remaining 50% is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel; the two wines are blended in March

Harvest:

Middle of September

Recent press reviews

91

Tenuta Santa Maria Chardonnay Torrepieve Verona IGT 2019

James Suckling (91)- "Pleasant chardonnay with apple, pineapple, lemon and pie-crust character. Medium body with a fresh, clean-cut finish. All in place. Drink now."

92

Tenuta Santa Maria Chardonnay Torrepieve Verona IGT 2017

James Suckling (92)- "This is a delicious chardonnay with lots of cooked-apple, lemon and pear character. Full body, bright acidity and a clean, fresh finish. Hints of smoke and toasted oak. Drink now."

90

Tenuta Santa Maria Chardonnay Torrepieve Verona IGT 2015

James Suckling (90)- "Candied grapefruit and lemon notes, as well as nice creaminess on the palate. A long, silky finish, making this a very Northern Italian chardonnay. Drink now or in 2019 and 2020. "