The winemaking philosophy at Mandrarossa is simple – select only the best grapes, add sunshine, an exceptionally mild climate, and the wines will naturally express the vibrant flavours of the region. These wines are superb examples of the proud winemaking and viticultural tradition of the Island. Today, alongside local vines such as Grecanico and Nero d’Avola, international varieties have acclimatised wonderfully, including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.
Chardonnay tends to prefer dry soils which were once covered with water, that are rich in humus and of nourishing substances that make the wine delvelop its warm and pleasant character. This wine is made in south west sicily at Menfi. The vines are situated at an altitude of 150 - 300 m (approx 500 - 1000ft) and face south and south east, meaning the vines can take advantage of the sunlight during the day, which helps the grapes to ripen.
The first step in the winemaking process for this wine is cryomaceration of the grapes at 5 - 8 °C (grapes are held at a low temperature before fermentation in order to allow flavour to develop). Fermentation then occurs in stainless steel tanks at 16 - 18 °C after which the wine spends 3 months in steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 10 °C. It spends a further 3 months in bottle before being released for sale.
The Mandrarossa Laguna Secca Chardonnay has an intense straw-yellow colour with goldish green reflections. The aromas have hints of orange peel and very ripe prickly pears that blend well with mild floral influences. The palate is powerful, enveloping and has good levels of pleasant minerality, alongside a rich, ripe fruity flavours which make it perfectly persistent.
This wine is perfect with fish dishes, grilled prawns and medium hard cheeses.