Paolo De Marchi grafted Chardonnay onto existing vines on the Isole e Olena estate and 1987 became the first vintage of the 'Collezione De Marchi Chardonnay'. In 1989, a new vineyard was planted with five different clones from Burgundy (planted at a density of 5,000 vines per hectare) which came in to full production with the 1994 harvest.
2016 saw a very mild winter, but rainfall until the beginning of June allowed for important underground water reserves. Perfect temperatures during the spring and summer prompted the growth of plentiful and healthy fruit which flourished in the following dry, sunny and hot days alternating with cool nights. Heavy rainfall on 15th September brought 80 millilitres of rain over three days. The large diurnal temperature variation has given the 2016 vintage more defined aromatics than previous vintages.
After fermentation in barrel, the wine remained on the lees in oak barrels, of which one third were new, for approximately ten months. During the first six months the wine was stirred occasionally, in the Burgundian style, to give more texture and complexity to the wine.
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