The captivating versatility of Carpineto Chardonnay
The most famous international white berry vine, Chardonnay has become an integral part of Italian vine growing, cultivated from the North to the extreme South.
Multifaceted, versatile, adaptable. Coming from the Bourgogne, it has eked out a position in the Bel Paese, delighting everyone’s palate. Vinified as a single variety or blended, aged in steel or in wood, vinified as still or sparkling wines. Basically… it is truly an eclectic grape, taking on an identity or being moulded in accordance with the producer’s will.
Lively, sparkling, fresh, dry, rich, buttery, and even sweet. Chardonnay is multifaceted. Because it is truly capable of spanning the multitude of denominations and types of wine, giving free rein to its manifold character.
Ampelography and organoleptic characteristics
The Chardonnay vine leaf is round and medium-sized, the bunch is also medium-sized, tall and compact. The grape has a spherical shape with a golden yellow coloured skin and a juicy clear flesh.
It is a grape that expresses itself best in well-drained, clayey and calcareous soil. But the important environmental and climatic adaptation that it possesses has meant that it can prevail even in areas of severe drought and low winter temperatures.
Chardonnay grapes usually give rise to intense and brilliant straw yellow colour wines. They have a fragrance of tropical and citrus white fleshed fruits, of peach and banana but also floral nuances. If it matures in barriques, there is no lack of buttery scents, of vanilla and roasting. To the palate, the wines created from these grapes usually always preserve a good body, a strong acidity and sapidity, and obviously if they are aged in wooden barrels, it gives them a truly interesting smoothness and roundness.
It is, therefore, difficult to establish the precise organoleptic characteristics of the Chardonnay, because it truly differs according to where it is grown and the way in which it is vinified.
The only certainty is that it always expresses itself impeccably.
Farnito Chardonnay Carpineto
And we have got an exemplary expression of Chardonnay in Tuscany. Here Carpineto uses single-variety vinification on the hills between Chianti and Valdarno, in the vineyards of the Vino Nobile estate at 300 metres above sea-level.
The manual harvest of the grapes takes place between the end of August and the beginning of September. After cold maceration on the skins and fermenting the must with selected yeasts, it ages during the winter in barrels where it remains until April when it is bottled.
Intense brilliant golden yellow in the glass, it has a rich range of aromas and is expressed with notes ranging from white flesh fruit, up to nuances of sweet spices and vanilla. It has a dry taste, but retains a certain smoothness and sapidity that make it harmonious, of great class, evocative and persistent.
A true refined and elegant Chardonnay, a maximum expression of this vine that Carpineto has knowingly nurtured in its finest and most accurate guise, making it a harmonious and balanced drink.
Versatile in its pairings, it is one of those rare wines that “goes well with everything”. From aperitifs to starters to seafood pasta dishes and vegetarian dishes to fish and white meat dishes up to fresh cheeses.
It is a bottle you should always keep in your wine cellar because it will always satisfy your palate and will always be the right choice when you decide to crack it open. It will never disappoint you.