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2016 Rivera Chardonnay PreludioChardonnay from Italy

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"Preludio N.1 testifies to the successful introduction of the chardonnay grape to the Mediterranean climate of the Murgia hills of the Castel del Monte DOC area. Here, the cool...

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"This bottling was first produced in 1985 and was the first commercial Chardonnay made in Puglia. Over 30 years later, this is a solid representation of the variety, grown on the limestone hills of the Castel del Monte DOC. Fermented in stainless steel and aged in cement vats, this wine exudes ripeness struck against tense mineral sensations. Juicy peach and honeydew melon flavors are wrapped around a core of crushed rocks. This is silken in feel, yet balanced by driving acidity."

Product Description:

"Preludio N.1 testifies to the successful introduction of the chardonnay grape to the Mediterranean climate of the Murgia hills of the Castel del Monte DOC area. Here, the cool north wind ripens the grapes slower than in the torrid southern section of Puglia, giving Rivera’s wines an added measure of acidity and subtracting a degree or two of alcohol.

Chardonnay Preludio N.1 was first produced in 1985 and it was the first commercial Chardonnay made in Puglia.

Located on the highest hills at an altitude of 350 meters on rocky soils, the vines are trained to the spurred cordon system at 4,800 vines per hectare. Yield is kept as low as 90-100 quintals per hectare. The grapes are harvested in mid-August and fermented at controlled temperatures. Unoaked.

The contact with the lees for a few months in cement tanks allows to obtain a wine with pronounced personality, typical of the variety, and a great balance between complexity and freshness that goes well with seafood dishes, shrimp risotto, poultry and veal." - Importer

Product Detail

Item # 105483
Country Italy
Region Apulia
Sub-Region Puglia IGT
Ratings

90 - Wine Enthusiast

Vintage 2016
Color White
ABV 13.0%
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla
Nose apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla