San Marzano Edda Lei Bianco Salento 2018
San Marzano is one of the most highly regarded cooperatives in Southern Italy - awarded European Producer of the Year at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2017. Impeccable quality.
A distinctive blend of Chardonnay 60%, Minutolo 20%, Moscatello Selvatico 15% and 5% other varieties delivering aromas of sun-ripened peach and mellow floral aromatics, which are interwoven with delicate hints of vanilla. Fresh and beautifully balanced, the rounded palate is elegantly styled and has a touch of minerality on the finish.
'Wines like this seemed like mirages up to ten years ago. Simple, marvellous fruit: now Mediterranean, now tropical, now temperate, now rich in essences, while the same grapes seem especially sappy and fully ripe. No defects or oxidised hints that alter its limpidity and expressive integrity. With the sweetness of the fruit that releases oak's mint, with the candour of icing and jasmine. With a touch of pulpy viscous density, a palatial balance of absolute roundness and yet of an innervating gustatory acidity. A wine of maximum analytical and sensorial value that, like the rainbow, in a crystalline way, spreads its wonderful wheel of aromas. 99 POINTS, LUCA MARONI
San Marzano was established back in 1962 when 19 family vine growers joined to combine their resources and expertise, with the aim to produce wines which reflect the region, while embracing modern winery practices. They are now one of the most highly regarded cooperatives in Southern Italy - highlighted when they were awarded European Producer of the Year at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2017, with trained biologist Caterina Bellanova at the helm. We think the quality across the range is excellent, and they offer great expressions of local grapes such as Negroamaro and Malvasia, while being very well-priced, making these perfect weekday wines.