First kiss: Cantele Chardonnay 2015

best italian chardonnayOne of the most exciting sessions of our recent visit to the Cantele estate in Guagnano in Salento was our tasting of the new vintages of wines.

The 2015 harvest was a great one for the winery and our first kiss with the 2015 Chardonnay was fantastic.

Back in the 1990s, Cantele became the first Pugliese winery to grow and vinify Chardonnay. Until then no one believed it was possible to make world-class white wines in Salento. But thanks to a new approach to the cultivation of Chardonnay and advanced technology in the cellar, Cantele created one of the most popular expressions of this noble grape variety to come from Italy.

Here’s a preview of the new text and tasting that will appear on the winery’s new labels (to be launched with this vintage):

Salento forms the Southernmost part of Puglia and flanks the Adriatic and Ionian Seas for over 100 km. Cantele Chardonnay is a rich, mineral, full flavoured dry white combining soft apple and floral characters with a good balance between roundness and fresh acidity.

The Cantele Winery made history when it first began producing its award-winning Chardonnay on Puglia’s Salento peninsula, where the Mediterranean sea breeze and sun provide the ideal growing conditions for this crisp but supple white wine with notes of freshly cut flowers and Granny Smith apples.

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