Chiarandà 2009 is golden yellow in color; to the nose come scents of Mediterranean maquis, especially sage, well blended with the fragrances of ripe, yellow-fleshed fruit. In the mouth one perceives great minerality and persistence, with slight hints of vanilla and butter coming from a skillful use of wood. Resulting by a selection of the finest Chardonnay grapes from various parcels of the Contessa Entellina DOP, Chiarandà 2009 is no longer a blend. An enological decision in line with the excellence expressed in the vineyard by this noble white grape, achieved through the expertise of the technical staff, which, through targeted viticulture, was able to get the finest interaction between the variety and its terroir. A 2009 that is aristocratic, worthy of the reputation of this wine, at the top of the Donnafugata range.
We produce with respect for the environment, wines that convince enthusiasts, experts and collectors from all over the world.
At Contessa Entellina, where Donnafugata comes from
In the settings of the Gattopardo
In the heart of western Sicily - among the hills of Contessa Entellina, between 200 and 500 m a.s.l. - lie the vineyards Donnafugata comes from. The climate is Mediterranean, with rain concentrated during the autumn and winter months, dry and breezy summers, with a great range of air temperature variations between day and night. The soils are predominantly medium-clayey, but vary according to the peculiarities of the individual districts.
Sustainability at the service of quality
Sustainable management of agricultural activities
For over 30 years we have been pursuing environmental sustainability with a system of good practices: we do not use herbicides and chemical fertilizers and we minimize the use of pesticides. At the Contessa Entellina estate, we installed two photovoltaic systems in 2002 and 2008, in order to produce clean energy and reduce our emissions.
The study of native varieties
Biodiversity, an expression of an authentic Sicily
Since 2009, we have been committed to the protection and enhancement of Sicilian wine biodiversity thanks to an experimental vineyard with 19 native varieties including some heritage varieties, which have almost completely disappeared.
The wine made its debut in 1992 as Chiarandà del Merlo from the names of the two vineyards where the Ansonica and Chardonnay grapes were grown. Ten years later the name has been simplified to Chiarandà and the label has been enriched with a female figure that suggests complexity and refinement.
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