It's not very often we come across a Chardonnay from Tuscany, Italy so when we discovered this charming wine from Il Borro, it got our attention - and then some. That may also have had to do with the fact that it is made by Salvatore Ferragamo, the namesake grandson of the groundbreaking and innovative Italian shoe designer, Salvatore Ferragamo, who opened his shoe business in Florence in 1927. In 1993, one of Salvatore’s sons, Ferruccio, purchased the historic Il Borro property which dates back to 1246. His original intention was to keep it as a family residence; however he soon embarked on an ambitious restoration project to bring the estate back to its former glory. After spending years rejuvenating the vineyards and renovating the cellar, Ferruccio’s son, Salvatore, now runs the 45 hectare estate, producing delicious Toscana IGT wines.
Here is how this 2016 ‘Lamelle’ Chardonnay was made, “Lamelle is produced by cold pressing Chardonnay grapes which are hand harvested using 10kg cases once they have reached optimal maturity and kept refrigerated overnight at 5-10° C. The day after, the grapes are de-stemmed and softly pressed in order to avoid the extraction of unwanted compounds. The resulting must is then decanted into stainless-steel tanks, where the wine is clarified in order to remove all the sediments and then fermented at controlled temperature of 15-17° C. After the fermentation the wine is kept on yeast lees for about 60 days then it is decanted and bottled thereafter.” And here is how Salvatore describes the tasting notes, “It is straw-yellow colored and its bouquet discloses the typical aromas of the grape variety. On the nose it is fresh with hints of yellow pulp fruits and floral scents. The taste is pleasantly fresh and fruity with a marked mineral note deriving from a well-balanced acidity and a good sapidity.”