Adriano Gigante Chardonnay 2017
- Italy, 750ml
"A lively Chardonnay that has a wonderful nose filled with yellow peach, red apple skin with a slight nutty profile too - largely blanched almonds. A fruity core with lots of fruit ripeness and richness on the palate. Plenty of acidity with a Chablis-eque palate (slightly creamy with high acidity) which helps to keep things refreshing. White peaches, white florals, and almonds all the way through the finish."
- Winery: Adriano Gigante
- Varietal: Chardonnay
- Region: Udine, Italy
- Vintage: 2017
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Cork
- Other: Contains sulphites
- Food pairing: Chicken; veal & pork; shrimp, crab & lobster; potato & squash; cream & pesto sauces; mild & semi soft cheeses
Harvest with grape selection, fermentation of the pressed bunches at the controlled temperature of 18° for 20 days. Must maturation in oak barrels and steinless steel vats: 50% of the must in 350lt oak barrels and the remainder in steinless steel vats for 8 months, then assembled and bottled. Final aging in bottle for 4 months.
Granfather Ferruccio once said: "What you sow now, you'll get in the future..." Grandfather Ferruccio was a miller, but his real passion was farming, especially winegrowing. In 1957 he bought the house and the vineyard in the Rocca Bernarda hills, initially focusing on the production of the Friuli white then called Tocai, a wine that goes perfectly with whatever you're eating. We know all this from the stories told by Ferruccio's son Arturo, who took part in that move along with the rest of the family, uprooting from the little town of Vencò, where the mill was located, and settling in what is now the Corno di Rosazzo wine estate. During the 1980s it was Arturo's son, Adriano, who took over the winery, choosing a peacock as a symbol of the winery, and launching the first bottles on the market. Today, the winery is headed by Adriano and his wife Giuliana, along with his cousin Ariedo, who joined the company as wine technician.
Located at an altitude ranging from 100 to 350 metres, the estate belongs to the Colli Orientali Doc Zone, which extends north-east along the Friuli hills bordering Slovenia. It is characterized by sedimentary deposits formed over the millennia, where layers of marl, sandstone and flysch make for a rich, complex substratum that invests the wines with great character. Shaped over the centuries by generations of wine-growers, the vine-clad hillsides are terraced to reduce erosion, ensure improved drainage and provide easier access. These lands gratify the palate with what they produce, but also the eye for their singular and constantly changing beauty. Little wonder that the area has attracted numerous different peoples over the centuries, from the Celts to the ancient Romans, followed by the Longobards who descended from the north. Today the people of Friuli may appear somewhat reserved at the outset, but they will soon prove themselves to be welcoming, friendly and generous. The particular nature of the terroir, a number of unique native grape varieties, a climate that lends itself to grape-growing and the devotion of generations of winemakers together explain the production of great whites as well as reds that continue to meet with widespread acclaim."
Silver - 2014 Selezione Del Sindaco (vintage 2012)
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