Contrade - Malvasia/Chardonnay - Puglia, Italy

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Vintage: 2017

Origin: Masseria Li Veli, Puglia I.G.T.

Taste guide: Dry, cirtus, apple and tropical fruit flavours, floral notes, unoaked

75cl - 12.5% - cork closure

Contrade (pronounced kohn-TRA-day; singular contrada) is a southern Italian term for parcels of vineyard land that have been known by recognized names for a long time. Typically, these parcels were divided from one another by rows of trees, stone walls, creeks, or other identifiable features. The vineyards of Masseria Li Veli are mostly in Contrada Veli, iwhich has been recognized by name since at least the 17th century.

The Contrade brand was started by the Falvo family in 2015 with the distinctive label being styled after the rose window of the baroque Basilica di Santa Croce in the city of Lecce to the south. 

Harvesting was mid August from high-quality grapes grown by a small group of local farmers in the Cellino San Marco vineyard in the Puglia region right down in the "heel" of Italy. They were hand-picked and collected in small cases to avoid spoiling. Grapes were vinified on-site in stainless steel vats, employing cold maceration for a few hours followed by a soft pressing, all processes done at 12°C to preserve flavour and crispness. The wines were then blended and bottled at Masseria Li Veli. 

This lovely white wine is made primarily from Malvasia Bianca 90% plus 10% Chardonnay. Malvasia is one of the world's oldest and most widely travelled grapes and shows its character most forcefully in Italy. It produces light and delicate wines which in this example is boosted by the addition of Chardonnay.

The wines is straw yellow in colour with lemon green shades. The bouquet is light and fresh, with floral tones, citrus and tropical fruit aromas. The palate shows notes of lime, kiwi and apple. A crisp, clean and easy to drink wine suitable for all light meals or just on its own.

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