Tenuta Rapitala Chardonnay
Rapitalà, much like Sicily itself, is a mosaic of influences that comes together to create its unique identity. A marriage of Sicilian soul and French know-how, Rapitalà showcases the power and personality of Sicilian terroir with an elegant, French winemaking style.
In 1968, the French-born Count Hugues Bernard de la Gatinais, and his wife, Gigi Guarrasi from Palermo, inherited this estate from the Guarrasi family after it was destroyed by an earthquake. The winery was soon rebuilt and vineyards were replanted to include not only indigenous varieties, but beloved French varieties as well. At the forefront of the quality revolution in Sicily, Rapitalà was one of the first five producers on the island to offer estate bottled wines, starting with the 1976 vintage.
Today, Rapitala’s over 550 contiguous acres are divided into 180 unique vineyard parcels. Each parcel is managed, harvested and vinified separately, crafting optimal terroir expressions. As a result, Rapitalà has one of the longest harvest seasons, starting in August and ending in November, to ensure that each variety and parcel is picked at the right moment.
Tenuta Rapitala Chardonnay is a perfect marriage between the French oenological intuition of the de la Gatinais family and the boundless strength of Sicily and its sun. At once, both hot and cold, the very name of its homeland, Camporeale (‘royal field’), expresses nobility and taste but at the same time deep roots in the Sicilian soil.
This white wine is lovely golden yellow in color, with obvious floral fragrance and tropical fruit flavor, which may be related to the hot Sicily region. The taste is very clean, with the taste of citrus and fruit. The overall balance is good, the balance between acidity and fruity taste is elegant, and the biggest feature is its charming floral fragrance.
Food Matching: Suitable for seafood, salad, white meat, Ricotta cheese, etc.