So, as I am up here at Terranova Wines, and trying
several wines from their portfolio, and this is third wine
that I have had with this combination of grapes. It seems
that 70% Malvasia Bianca and 30% Chardonnay is a tried and
true formula for wines coming out of Puglia.
However, this one is oak-aged for three months while
the others were done in stainless steel. This gives it a
more reserved taste, and something with a little bit
more 'dignity' to it. The oak imparts a softness to the
citrus and fruit component (apple and maybe something like
a very slight apricot), and the spice aspect is delivered
over the course of the finish, which takes about twenty
seconds or more to dissipate.
Summarily, I could see this wine actually going well
with grilled food, especially fish, but even chicken. But
you know what, this wine would go great with anything
flavored with cinnamon; it's a natural fit!