Chardonnay

Production Zone: D.O.C. Friuli Colli Orientali 
Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Growing System: Traditional Friuli short single inverted and French Guyot with a plant density of 4,500 vines per hectare
Harvest time: The first week of September  
Vinification: Harvested at the right degree of ripeness, a portion of the destemmed and crushed grapes is gently pressed; the other portion is first subjected to cryo- maceration at 4°C for about 36 hours. The resulting must undergo cold static decantation and then a fermentation starter, prepared 3-4 days earlier from the selected best grapes of the same variety, is added. The must then ferments slowly in stainless steel vats at a precisely controlled temperature (16 °C) for approximately 30 to 40 days. The aging continues in stainless steel vats, during which time also a lengthy series of batonnage processes is carried out at set intervals to produce a wide and full-bodied wine, with a delicate bouquet. The bottling is deferred until the month of February 
Availability: In spring following the harvest. 
Indicative values: Total acidity 5.7 g/L; alcohol 13.00% by vol.  
Colour: Intense straw yellow deepening with age.
Notes on flavour and bouquet: Fragant, fruity nose, aromas of small ripe tropical fruits, pineapple and white flowers. Noble and elegant on the palate, with a light body and a well balanced vivacity, conferred by its pleasant freshness. 
Serving Temperature: 8 - 10 °C  
Pairing Suggestions: Excellent as an aperitif or with light starters, dry first courses and and pasta consommés, egg or fish based dishes .