Enate Chardonnay Fermentado en Barrica2021
£22.90/ 0.75 L btl
Somontano, Chardonnay and oak barrels – the magical ingredients of a perfect formula. With its origins in Burgundy and now used around the world, the Chardonnay grape variety does have a tendency to become sweet and compote-like in areas it finds too warm, but it feels perfectly at home in the small DO Somontano appellation. Its wines also offer more than enough character and complexity to elegantly flourish with an ageing process in oak barrels as long as yields are limited. This barrel-fermented Enate Chardonnay is a perfect example.
What does this wine taste like?
It is a lush and complex wine, a true Chardonnay, with aromas of hazelnuts, toast and fine hints of smoke blending in with fruits such as pineapple, grapefruit and apples. It has a medium level of density in the mouth with fatty, creamy and waxy sensations alongside a fresh acidity. It delights with an expressive breadth and length thanks to its enviable balance. A lingering and enveloping finish, embellished with nuts, lactic notes, and roasted sesame and sunflower seeds. Thanks to a splendid structure and richness, it improves over the years, gaining in unctuosity and flavours of herbs and sweet spices.
Drinking and storing
Meats with creamy sauces / Grilled fish / Cheeses / Dried fruit and nuts
Ratings and awards
The regular Enate Chardonnay is very good and extremely good value for money. This wine from further up the Enate range is equally impressive, and correspondingly great value for money. Hints of top Burgundy, and a lovely finish.
This is just an extraordinary chardonnay, especially at this price level. Full bodied white wine with a clear yet subtle oaky taste.
Nice to the nose, nice in the mouth. Very good with fish and seafood, stands it's ground with meat as well.
Baron de Ley Blanco
This is a very Nice and full and fat wine One of my favorietes
Enate barrel fermented Chardonnay
Delicious dry oaky tasting wine I really enjoyed it
Grapes are grown on vines about 35 years old in the poor, dry, sandy loam soils of select plots in Salas Bajas (Huesca), the most traditional and prestigious winegrowing area in Somontano. The fruit is carefully collected and selected to ensure it is perfectly healthy and at its optimal ripeness. It is then gently pressed to obtain the desired alcohol content. The clean must ferments in new French oak barrels from the very start of the process, thus slowly but surely bringing in the elegant character of the wood. It stands on its lees for seven months with fortnightly stirring before being bottled. The resulting wine displays a perfect integration of mouthfeel, sensations and aromas.
|Ageing period||Between 6 and 7 months|
|Type of wood||French oak|
|Vine age||35 years|
The main reference point for the Somontano Denomination of Origin and a winery that describes itself as nature's apprentice, due to feelings of great respect and admiration, and which seeks to capture the perfection manifest in nature and convey it in their wines. Enate offers a wide range of wines, from classic Crianzas and Reservas, several single varietals, at different price points and with very distinct personalities, to choice wines like its highly-esteemed Enate Uno, a...