Piemonte DOC Chardonnay Divers
Wine name:Piemonte DOC Chardonnay Divers
Appellation:PIEMONTE CHARDONNAY DOC
Zone:Penango, Cioccaro (province of Asti)
Vineyard age (year of planting):Chardonnay 1996
Soil Type:loamy, clay and calcareous soil, deep, with a good water retention
Altitude:300 meters above sea level. The gradient is 20%
Colour:straw yellow with greenish reflections
Nose:lemon peel, pineapple and toasted almond notes
Flavour:Well balanced in the mouth due to the acidity
Serving temperature (°C):12-14
Grape yield per hectare tons:6.5
Vineyard density: 4,000 vines/hectare. Manual harvest at the beginning of September. Training system: guyot.
Vinification and ageing
The clusters are crushed whole as soon as they are harvested. Natural decanting of the must at a low temperature without clarifying agents nor enzymes for 24 hours. The clarified must is then racked into steel vessels with temperature control (the temperature is kept at 18 degrees Celsius). A part of the must (30%) is racked into barriques. Fermentation lasts for 10 upto 15 days. The wine then matures for 12 months on the lees in French oak casks. Bâtonnage is carried out.
Address:LOCALITA' GINESTRA, 34 12065 MONFORTE D'ALBA CN
Year of establishment:1886
Total annual production:80000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):15
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):4.5ha Barbera 1ha Dolcetto 7ha Nebbiolo da Barolo 2.5ha Nebbiolo per Langhe Nebbiolo (Lampia, Michet)
Vine training system:
Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines
Type of viticulture:integrated/sustainable
Harvest period:mid September - mid October
Agronomist:Gian Piero Romana
Oenologist:Giorgio Conterno/Giuseppe Caviola
The estate, established in 1886, has belonged to the Conterno family for four generations. The vineyards (seven hectares of which stand in the historical cru of "Ginestra") and the cellar are run with passion by Paolo and Caterina together with their son and daughter Giorgio and Marisa. The ageing cellar is still the original one built in 1886 where large French oak casks (35 hectolitre capacity) are used. The vinification cellar has modern equipment in order to achieve the best results and to respect tradition at the same time. The extremely high quality of the wines - the result of the combination of the extraordinary terroir, of a favourable microclimate, of an excellent exposure of the vineyards and of the dedication of the Conterno family - has been aknowledged and prized by the Italian and international specialised press.
The Conterno family manages 13 hectares of vineyards in Tuscany. The vineyards stand at Tenuta Ortaglia, a beautiful property near the historical Demidoff park in Pratolino, 12 kilometers from the Duomo of Florence. The grapes are vinified and the wines mature at the cellar of the Tenuta Ortaglia. Giorgio Conterno is the wine maker supported by the agronomists Angela Gambi and Gian Piero Romana and by the oenologist Beppe Caviola. Eight different IGT/proprietary wines are produced. The average total production/year is of 60,000-80,000 bottles.