Chardonnay was said to grow around the walls of the city of Jerusalem, whose gate led to the temple of God. The Crusaders, returning from the Middle East, brought this wine with them. In Hebrew it was called Shahar Adonay, which means “Gate of God.” SHAHAR is a wine distinguished by its straw yellow with greenish hues. It has an elegant fragrance with notes of broom and lime followed by hints of lily of the valley. We also find notes of tropical fruit with a final scent of almond paste. Fine and well-structured, the wine has a well-supported alcoholic note and a fresh taste. It perfectly combines smoothness and savoriness. SHAHAR is perfect to accompany a seafood appetizer, fresh cheese such as mozzarella, or grilled vegetables such as zucchini and eggplant, with spring vegetable risotto or chicken salad.

Designation: Salento IGP
Grape varieties: Chardonnay
Alcohol by volume: 12,5%
Oenologist: Goffredo Agostini – Gruppo Matura
Agronomists: Stefano Dini and Dario Ceccatelli, Gruppo Matura

Tasting notes

Colour: straw yellow with greenish shades.
Bouquet: elegant bouquet with broom and lime notes following the lily of the valley scent. Tropical fruit notes together with a final fragrance of almond paste.
Flavour: fine and well-structured, the wine has a well-sustained alcoholic note and a fresh taste. It perfectly combines softness with savouriness.

Vineyard Characteristics

Production zone: Seclì (Lecce)
Year of planting: 2005
Exposure: east-west
Altitude: 76 MSL
Soil type: medium-textured, with higher proportions of clay
Plant density: 4000 plants per ha.
Training system: spurred cordon (m 2,2 x 1)
Vintage period: end of August.
Method of harvesting: hand picking in small baskets.
Grape yield: 10 t/ha
Wine yield: 70 hl/ha

Vinification and aging

Pressing: crusher/destemmer
Fermentation: stainless steel tanks
Fermentation temperature: 16-18°C
Fermentation time: 15 days
Ageing containers: steel
Aging: 4 months in steel tanks.

92/100 Austria
Daniele Cernilli:
94/100 Italy
Gambero Rosso​:
Tre bicchieri Italy

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