Jermann Dreams Chardonnay 2017
“In 2016, Silvio Jermann was crowned best representative winemaker of Italian white wines in the world. The election took place in Rome under the aegis of Gambero Rosso by the most authoritative journalists of the greatest newspapers and magazines. The outcome was no chance or even unexpected. It is the result of a deeply rooted process and never ceases to rock the wine industry: with wines that have an exceptional quality and are the fruit of continual research for excellence, and an absolute respect for the land and its natural cycles, with the added bonus of a unique winemaker, an innovator and a visionary since he was a boy, with an idea of a ‘blend’ which still did not exist. A very daring young man who left home for Canada to ‘boldly do things his way’ when he could have remained comfortably at home and do the things he was told to do’.
“‘…Dreams…’ from Chardonnay grapes. It has a sparkling straw-yellow colour. To the nose it offers charm and complexity, with aromas of rare elegance and refinement. Exotic hints of ripened fruit, melted butter, vanilla and pastry prevail. In the mouth it keeps all the promises made to the nose, follows through on them, and embellishes them with gentle flavours and aromatic nuances that are fresh and persistent.
“Dedicated to U2’s “The Joshua Tree” album (1987) and specifically to the song ‘Where the streets have no name’, this wine was created with the 1987 harvest and over the years its name had some variations. For its first nine years it was called “Where the Dreams have no end…” and the colour of the capsule changed every vintage, cycling through the seven colours of the iris (plus white and black) on the label, beginning with white and progressing anticlockwise; the four phases of the moon were also shown. In 1996 it became “Were Dreams, now it is just wine!” with a blue capsule bearing a stylised Comet Hale-Bopp. It continued in this livery for seven years, then in 2003 we returned somewhat to our roots with: “W…Dreams…” adding the year of harvest below and drawing Mars on the capsule. The dot-dot-dot in the name gave everyone room for a personal interpretation, our was “Where Dreams can happen”. Finally in 2015 we have changed again the label, going back to the first ‘edition’: “Where Dreams have no end…” Since the vintage 2011 (for the 25th anniversary of this wine) the whole production is with screw cap closure. This choice was obligatory: the screw cap is the guarantee, especially for important wines, to preserve the quality that we create day by day, first in vineyard and then in the cellar.
“I love the subtle and warm, floral nose here, which shows peonies, daffodils, honeysuckle, Williams pears, cloves and white pepper. Dense and layered on the palate, which journeys through fleshy stone fruit to spicier elements, all the while retaining a wonderful sense of freshness, thanks to dialed-in acidity. Drink now or hold.” – James Suckling