Grand Cru Chardonnay Sicilia I.G.T. 2013

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



Technical Details

  • Appellation: Sicilia IGT
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  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Loose clay
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  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Ttl Acidity: 5.10 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 3.4 g/l
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  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • UPC Code: Inquire
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
    Date: Sunday, November 1, 2015

    "An elegant, medium- to full-bodied white that maintains a lively buoyancy throughout, showcasing a finely knit palate of glazed apricot, smoky roasted hazelnut, pastry cream and lemon curd flavors. Features a rich, minerally finish. Drink now through 2025."

  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
    Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015

    "An elegant, medium-to full-bodied white that maintains a lively buoyancy throughout, showcasing a finely knit palate of glazed apricot, smoky roasted hazelnut, pastry cream and lemon curd flavors. Features a rich, minerally finish."

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