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Cervaro Della Sala, Antinori, Umbria, Italy, 2017

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Sommelier Damon Little shares one of his favourite Italian wines from a most formidable family.

Cervaro Della Sala, Antinori, Umbria, Italy, 2017

The norm for us is to champion small artisan wineries that make exceptional wines. However, occasionally we work with very successful iconic families that make wines that we simply cannot refuse. So it goes without saying the we are proud to feature Cervaro Della Sala, one of Italy’s most outstanding white wines made from mostly Chardonnay and a hint of the native Umbrian grape, Grachetto.

The Antinori family is arguably the most important and famous name in Italian wine. They have been building their reputation since 1385. 26 generations later, the family owns and operates several iconic estates that include the likes of Tenuta Tignanello in Tuscany, producing Solaia and Tignanello.  What many may not realise is that the family’s historical heritage actually lies in both Tuscany and Umbria.

In 1940, the Antinori’s purchased Castello della Sala. A medieval castle surrounded by vineyards, located in Umbria, which is not too far from the Tuscan border.  The vineyard’s elevation varies between 220 and 470 metre above sea level. This, along with a south easterly aspect, clay and calcareous soils rich in fossil shells, make for the perfect growing conditions for these white grape varieties.

The name Cervaro comes from the noble family that owned Castello della Sala during the 14th century, Monaldeschi della Cervara. 1985 was the first vintage of this exceptional wine.

The current vintage is made from handpicked grapes that undergo a brief period of skin contact before crushing, and both the primary and malolactic fermentations occur in the barrel. The wine is bottled and aged for several months at the estate before being released. The result is a rich, luscious, and full-bodied style, with intense aromas of citrus, pear and vanilla. The palate has sweet notes of creamy peach, butter, and tropical fruit, with well-balanced acidity and a soft, mineral finish.

We love this wine so much, that we had to feature it by the glass using our Coravin system. A bucket list wine that everyone should taste!!

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