|Our Price: $24.99 / bottle (RRP: $55.00)||Case: 6 x 750ml|
97 Points - Luca Maroni
Step outside the comfort zone and come on a brief Italian dalliance, as the San Marzano Edda Bianco blend is now your new favourite old-school Chardonnay, albeit from a slightly different part of the globe.
San Marzano have been classically known around My Wine Guy for producing big, rich, and dense Primitivo's, so for them to have a cracking little white wine on their hands is something pretty exciting. Based wholly around Chardonnay, with a wee touch of some local indigenous grapes thrown in for good measure, this full-bodied wine is an absolute pocket rocket of flavour. It all starts with the bottle; big, buxom and oh-so-serious, this is not a wine to rest on its laurels. Inside, the juice is otherworldy. A different take on Chardonnay, and something more akin to what us Aussies might call 'old-school' and 'full-bodied'. Peach, melon, cantaloupe, vanilla brioche and white flowers all play a part, while the core of beautiful natural acidity and sparkling long length make the wine a seriously refreshing and moreish drink.
With such serious gear on show, you can be assured this wine has picked up some pretty heavy reviews and accolades along the way. 97 Points Luca Maroni (Italy's answer to James Halliday don't you know), a double gold-medal at the Melbourne International Wine Show where it was declared the 'Best Italian White Wine of the Year', four gold medals and a bunch of silvers too make this for one awarded wine.
At 55% off the local retail price, we've also decided to do a bit of the heavy lifting for you and bring it down to a price-point that makes this a challenge to plenty of other higher priced local wines. Get in on this act. It will change the way you think about Italian whites.
Production Area - San Marzano, Salento, Puglia. The area is about 100 meters above sea level and benefits from great diurnal temperature variations. The soft soil is shallow, quite thin and with a good texture.
Harvest period - Second week of August.
Vinification - Destemming of the grapes and cryomaceration for a few hours, followed by a soft pressing of the marc, a cold settling for a natural decantation and alcoholic fermentation in French oak barrels.
Ageing - On the yeasts in barriques for 4 months, with a weekly bâtonnage. A wine that preserves its organoleptic characteristics for 5 years.
Grape Varieties - Chardonnay 80%, Moscatello Selvatico 15%, Fiano 5%
Colour: straw yellow with goldish reflections; Aroma: mellow floral notes, of peach and delicate vanilla pervade the nose; Taste: generous in its elegance, fresh, delicate and mineral.
97 Points - Luca Maroni (Annuario Dei Migliori Vini Italiani)
Italy White Wine of the Year - Melbourne Wine Competition 2017
Double Gold Medal - Melbourne Wine Competition 2017
Gold Medal - China Wine & Spirits Awards 2017
Gold Medal - Los Angeles Wine Packaging Design Competition 2017
Silver Medal - Mundus Vini 2017 (Summer Tasting)
Silver Medal - Berliner Wein Trophy Summer Tasting 2017
Silver Medal - Selections Mondiales des Vins Canada 2017
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