Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
The finest Chardonnay grapes are selected from the Nozzole estate’s 222 acres of vineyards at 984 feet in elevation. In order to obtain concentration and complexity, yields are kept low. The vines for Le Bruniche are on one of the estate’s highest hillsides, where excellent sun exposure and limestone and marl soils help to maintain an optimal ground temperature. For this wine, the grapes were gently pressed and the juice cold settled for 24 hours. The must was fermented for about 15 days in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature and stayed on the lees for about 3 months. Malolactic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and the wine was aged at least two months in bottle before release. The wine sees no oak contact.
International Wine Cellar2013 vintage
2013 was an outstanding year for wine in Tuscany. A relatively cool vintage, especially in August, resulted in long, slow ripening, which produced fresh acidity levels and supported tannin maturation without excessive sugar levels. “Thanks to good [vineyard] management, the result was outstanding,” said Giovanni Folonari. “All the grapes were in perfect shape and great balance. Although it’s still early for a precise judgment, this year looks like one of the best [years] since 2001.”
Shows citrus and exotic fruit on the nose, and apple and banana notes on the palate, with a medium-full body and fine acidity. The absence of oak allows the Chardonnay character to shine through.
This wine pairs well with fish, shellfish and chicken, whether these are sauteed simply, roasted or served in salads.
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Chardonnay di Toscana IGT
AGING: 3 months in stainless steel
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: Yes, in stainless steel tank
points of distinction
- An unoaked Chardonnay showing bright, clean varietal character
- Showcasing some of the finest terroir in Tuscany—at a great value
vineyard details +
Le Bruniche Vineyard
The principal white vineyards of the Nozzole estate, Le Bruniche and Casa Vecchia, were once planted in Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia, which were white grapes included in the Chianti blend before they were phased out of the DOCG rules in 1995. In the mid-1980s viticulturists at Tenuta di Nozzole began experimenting in these vineyards with various classic white vine varieties. Of the two principal white vine vineyards, Le Bruniche was found to be exceptionally well-suited to the Chardonnay variety. Vigneto Le Bruniche lies on one of the estate's most elevated hillsides, at 900 feet above sea level, on soils consisting of limestone schists and porous marl rubble with an optimum ground thermal temperature and excellent exposure. Extensive experimentation with various clones of Chardonnay preceded selection of the most appropriate vine for the site, which produced its first vintage in 1986.
about the grape +
Though it has a distinctive profile, Chardonnay reflects other factors such as soil composition and vinification technique. Chardonnay is a reliable, hardy and prolific vine whose only real vulnerabilities are frost and uneven development of fruit.
On land that has supported winegrapes for seven centuries, Tenuta di Nozzole produces wines that respect both tradition and innovation.