Estate vineyards in the southern hills of Montalcino. Altitude: 250 meters above sea level. Position: Hillside.
The whole grape bunches are chilled to 8-10°C prior pressing and destemming. The free-run juice is then separated and clarified over 48 hours by cold sedimentation, and only the clear must is racked into barriques and inoculated with yeasts for the alcoholic fermentation. After fermentation, the roomtemperature is lowered to 10°C to avoid the beginning of malolactic fermentation. An aging period on the fine lees follows during 5-6 months with a weekly stirring of the lees. An 8-10-month bottle aging concludes the cycle.
This 100% Chardonnay belongs to Castello Banfi estate-bottled single-varietals range. Thanks to the microclimate of our Montalcino vineyards and to the aging in barrique this is an aritstocratic favorite, a varietal imbued with complexity.
Menzione di Arthur Levin
Menzione di Tom Stockley
Greenish yellow color. The nose conveys immediately floral hints, well integrated with fruity notes of pear, citrus and vanilla. The structure is strong, smooth and supported by a lively acidity, that gives freshness and persistent, and vanilla which comes back to the retro-olfactory aromas.