Grand Cru Chardonnay Sicilia I.G.T. 2005

Tenuta Rapitala

Tenuta Rapitalà’s Grand Cru is a fine expression of the character of the estate. The selected parcels feature the estate’s oldest vines, planted in 1982. Specific vinification techniques enhance its typicity and its prestigious bottle, with a relief of the ancient and noble coat of arms of the family of Hugues Bernard Count de la Gatinais, makes “Grand Cru” a wine that represents the strong personality, legacy and singularity of the estate.

Terroir: Fully-ripe fruit is harvested in August. White-wine vinification includes a gentle pressing and cold settling of the young must, part of which undergoes a short (12 hours) cold maceration, followed by classic decanting and alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats.

Vinification: The grapes are picked in August when they are fully ripe and richness is at its maximum. The grapes are gently pressed and cold settled. Part of the must undergoes a short (12 hours) cold maceration, followed by classic decanting. Fermentation begins in stainless steel tanks. When the must achieves 4-5% alcohol, the wine is racked into French oak barriques where fermentation is completed. The wine then ages on its lees in French oak barriques for 9-12 months. It is then bottle refined for a minimum of three months before release.

Laurent de la Gatinais discusses Grand Cru

Additional Information

The wine has ripe, fruity Chardonnay aromas of fresh apricots, pear blossom and peaches, with toasted wood notes. These flavors are echoed on the palate, with a round, Mediterranean character. There is a long and lingering finish.

Recent Press

  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling
    Date: Sunday, November 30, 2008

    Offers lots of ripe apple and citrus fruit on the nose, with a tangy, spicy piecrust character. Theres cream and vanilla as well. Full-bodied, thick and slightly oily, but stays fresh, with a long, tasty finish.

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