Chiarandà del Merlo Donnafugata

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Chiarandà del Merlo Donnafugata

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The Chardonnay grapes are harvested at night in August and the Ansonica is collected in September. They are vinified separately and the must, obtained through a soft pressing, completes alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperatures in barriques, in which malolactic fermentation and maturation of six months also occur.

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  • 2005
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Name: Chiarandà 

Type:White - Doc Contessa Entellina 

Alcohol level: 13,5% vol. 

Grapes: Chardonnay 50%, Ansonica 50%. 
Trained in the counter-espalier system and pruned in spurred cordon. Average planting density, 5,000 rootstocks per hectare (2,204 an acre), production of about 4.0 tons per hectare (1.78 tons an acre). Terrain of medium consistency, tending to clayey. 

Vinification: The Chardonnay grapes are harvested at night in August and the Ansonica is collected in September. They are vinified separately and the must, obtained through a soft pressing, completes alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperatures in barriques, in which malolactic fermentation and maturation of six months also occur. The wine is then fined in the bottle for a further six months before release onto the market. 

Description: A wine with personality and elegance, it combines power and gentility. Aromas of ripe yellow fruit, especially apples, and notes of peaches and vanilla fused with peanut butter. The flavor is round, spherical and mouth-filling. A wine with an imposing structure showing a perfect balance between acidity and sapidity. 

Food matches: Perfect with smoked fish, introductory dishes of Sicilian cuisine, pasta alla Norma, mushroom molds, sauced and elaborate white-meat dishes, moderately aged cheeses. 

Two dishes: "Cous Cous" of fish or meat, not too spicy. Petto di tacchino con insalata di ovoli (turkey breast with mushroom salad). 

Serve: In large, relatively tall goblets; uncork 30 minutes before serving; temperature of 11-13° C. (52-55° F.)

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Chiarandà del Merlo Donnafugata

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The Chardonnay grapes are harvested at night in August and the Ansonica is collected in September. They are vinified separately and the must, obtained through a soft pressing, completes alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperatures in barriques, in which malolactic fermentation and maturation of six months also occur.

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