CLASSIFICATION: I.G.T. Salento.
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay.
PRODUCTION AREA: Guagnano (Le).
TRAINING: Guyot (5,000 plants per hectare).
HARVEST: Late August.
VINIFICATION: After being crushed and gently pressed, the must is cooled to 10°C. in order to facilitate natural fining. The first part of alcoholic fermentation is carried out in stainless-steel vats with temperatures kept below 15°C. The must, still fermenting, is then transferred to barriques where fermentation is completed.
AGING: The wine is then aged in barriques on its lees for approximately 6 months.
AGING POTENTIAL: This wine is ideal for collectors (a vertical of 3 vintages is recommended). With time, this wine will amaze and reward the patient wine lover.
Destiny arrives uninvited and never takes off its hat. Over the arc of their winery’s history, it actually happened twice. First, it took off its gloves and put down its suitcase in the form of a woman who recognized how a grand opera would emerge from the tiny voice of bulk wine in Southern Italy. Her name was Teresa Manara. She was the key that opened a door for a family’s passion. Thanks to Teresa, and her husband Giovanni Battista Cantele of course, that family became masters of the art of winemaking. Her spirit became the essence of all the vintages harvest by successive generations. As they took turns singing the various parts, they were the players in an opera that was produced so many times that it became a classic. Their mother earth was marked by seasons that blended into one another, just like all human life, with one fading into the next.
Teresa Manara isn’t just the name of a Chardonnay and a Negroamaro: Hers is the name of a before and after in their memories. It’s a loving homage to a woman, a mother, a wife, muse and their grandmother. She travelled across Italy during a time when only men were allowed to run businesses. Today, her character and temperament are embodied by their top selections of Chardonnay and Negroamaro, wines that were created by her son Augusto Cantele in the 1990s.
The Teresa Manara Chardonnay is made from a top selection of Chardonnay grapes from the best vineyards. Only the highest-quality fruit goes into this barrique-aged wine.
COLOUR: Intense straw yellow with nuanced golden and green tones.
NOSE Spicy aromas emerge immediately on the nose, giving way to a rainbow of overflowing floral and fruit aromas. Acacia and vine flowers together with local and exotic, ripe fruit.
PALATE: Silky in the mouth, velvety and mellifluous, with freshness and sweet spices imparted by selected wood used during aging. The finish wins over the drinker with its length and its terroir expression.