Villa Antinori bianco

Vintage

Classification

Toscana IGT

Blend

80% Trebbiano and Malvasia, 20% Tuscan Chardonnay

Climate

The latter part of winter and the beginning of spring were very mild for the time of year and also very dry. This produced early budding - some 10 days earlier than average. In April the temperature suddenly dropped, causing an arrest in the growth of the buds. The summer was very hot and sunny and this weather continued for the whole of September and for the duration of the harvest which meant that at the time of picking, the grapes were exceptionally healthy and with a high sugar concentration. Overall, the 1997 harvest was been somewhat less than expected in terms of quantity - but in terms of quality, this is an exceptional vintage, probably even better than the much acclaimed 1990 vintage and one of the greatest of the last fifty years.

Vinification

The grapes were destemmed and gently pressed. The must was then cooled to 10°C in order to induce clarification, and racked into temperature controlled stainless steel tanks where alcoholic fermentation took place at a temperature that was kept below 18°C. The wine was then transferred and stored for a short period in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 10°C (to preserve its youthful characteristics) and bottled.
Alcohol : 12,0% Vol.

Historical data

Villa Antinori Bianco was first introduced by Niccolò Antinori (Piero's father) with the 1931 vintage; the label had remained unchanged, though it was slightly restyled with the 1989 vintage. Through the decades, Villa Antinori Bianco has become very well known all over the world. In the 1980s, Chardonnay was added to the blend for additional structure. Today the Chardonnay used in this wine comes from the #Monteloro# Vineyards (Antinori property) located to the north of Florence, near Fiesole.

Tasting notes

Pale golden in colour and dry, fresh and fruity on the palate with good balance.