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Chardonnay Velabona
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Chardonnay Velabona

DOC Tessin, Christian Zündel, 2017

750 ml
Grape variety: Chardonnay
Producer: Christian Zündel
Origin: Switzerland / Tessin / Sottoceneri
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Article nr. 10121717
Grape variety: Chardonnay
Producer: Christian Zündel
Origin: Switzerland / Tessin / Sottoceneri


After appropriate aeration, a wonderfully complex bouquet with notes of thyme, mint, ripe loquat, peach and caramel pears, finely backed by vanilla and aromas of butter cookies and liquorice. The round and opulence palate is supported by a perfectly integrated acidity with a noticeable minerality. A with with a long finish.


Origin: Switzerland / Tessin / Sottoceneri
Site / vineyard: Velabona
Grape variety: Chardonnay
Ripening potential: 2 to 8 years
Serving temperature: 10 to 12 °C
Food pairing suggestion: Grilled fish, Crispy roast chicken
Vinification: fermentation in wooden barrel, pressed carefully and immediately, fermentation in cement tank
Harvest: hand-picking, strict selection
Maturation: in cement egg, in used barriques, on the yeast, bâtonnage
Maturation duration: 18 months
Volume: 12.5 %
Note: Contains sulphites


Switzerland – A small country with enormous diversity

Switzerland is famous for its banks, watches, and cheese, but not necessarily for its wine. The Swiss didn't invent wine, but they have been extremely open and curious to it. Wine culture arrived in what is now modern Switzerland via several routes: from Marseilles to Lake Geneva and the Lower Valais region; from the Aosta Valley through the Great St. Bernard Pass to the rest of Valais; from the Rhone through Burgundy, across the Jura Mountains to Lake Constance; and from Lombardy to Ticino, and then on to Grisons.



Ticino: the Merlot Mecca of Switzerland

Ticino winegrowing is thought to date from Roman times, as early as 2000 years ago. But the foundation for today’s viticulture was laid just over 100 years ago, in 1907. It was then that the first Merlot vines were planted at Castelrotto in Malcantone. Since then, the variety has emerged triumphant here. Top selections matured in barriques more than measure up to those from Bordeaux’s Saint-Émilion or Pomerol regions.


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Grape varieties


King or beggar?

Hardly any variety of vine shows such a broad spectrum of quality as the Chardonnay. Its wines range from faceless neutrality to breath-taking class. It is an extremely low-maintenance vine, which explains why it is grown around the world – even in places where it probably should not be. The aromas of the Chardonnay variety are not very pronounced: a bit of green apple, a little hazelnut; in warmer latitudes, also melon and exotic fruits. The wines are often defined by maturing in casks. They develop more or less subtle notes of butter, toasted bread and vanilla. The grapes achieve their highest expression in their region of origin, Burgundy. Its heart beats in the Côte de Beaune: one might think of the plant growth of Meursault or Puligny-Montrachet. With their finesse and complexity, they can survive for decades. Chardonnay also achieves first class in some Blanc-de-Blancs champagnes. It additionally yields great wines in the Burgundian Chablis, and increasingly in Australia and Chile. A simple rule of thumb for pairing with food: When butter and cream are involved, you cannot go wrong with Chardonnay.