Winemaker's Notes

The best Italian Chardonnay hails from the cool climate region of Alto Adige. Almost always made in an un-oaked fashion, it is a wine that expresses the pure minerality of Chardonnay with beautiful acidity and soft fruit flavours. The 2010 Leggiero offers up a balance of apple, lemon rind and melon. The palate is crisp with a great burst of citrus and melon on the mid-palate that plays into a long finish.

Pairings

To play off the complexity of flavours and textures, enjoy this wine with a variety of seafood dishes. From fresh BC oysters to Salt Spring Mussels steamed in a light lemon grass and ginger broth, or even some seared local rock cod topped with a fresh herb butter and squeeze of lemon.

Region:Golden Mile, South Okanagan
Soil Type:

Schist, Shale, Rock

Age of Vines:5 & 13 years
Yield:3.4 tons per acre
Production:330 cases
Alcohol:13.9%
Aging:Stainless Steel

89

An elegant un-oaked Chardonnay from Italy-themed LaStella Winery. Should appeal to the ABC crowd and to wine-lovers who love Chardonnay for its inherent fruit and mineral character more so than its compatibility with oak. Drink 2011-2013.

Liam Carrier  |  Icon Wines

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This wine, with a release of only 330 cases, begins with appealing aromas of flowers, apples and bananas. On the palate, the citrus and apple flavors have a clean, crisp, and laser-sharp focus. The finish lingers.

John Schreiner

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