Castello di Fonterutoli


Fonterutoli

Chianti Classico DOCG

Il "Chianti Classico"

Produced with Sangiovese and a small amount of Malvasia Nera, Colorino and Merlot, it is characterized by a balance of elegance and complexity, which make this wine a magnificent example of the “terroir”.

Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (Si)
Grape varieties: 90% Sangiovese; 5% Malvasia Nera e Colorino; 5% Merlot
Alcohol: 13,75% vol
Total acidity: 5,8 ‰
Location of vineyard: Fonterutoli: 450 m. (1,476 ft.) a.s.l.; west - southwestern exposure, Belvedere: 300 m.(920 ft.) a.s.l.; southestern – southwestern exposure.
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4.500 - 7.600 plants
Harvest: Hand picked from September 21st (Sangiovese); from September, 27th (Malvasia Nera e Colorino); from September 12th (Merlot)
Fermentation temperature: 28° - 30° C
Period of maceration: 16 - 18 days
Aging: 12 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt. / 50% new)
Bottling: February 2007
Production: 200.000 bottles
Formats: 375 ml - 750 ml - 1.5 l
First vintage: beginning 1900

AWARDS

Gold Diplom - Expovina Zurich 2007
3 stars "Recommended" - Decanter
88/100 - International Wine Cellar


Vintage

Regular weather conditions prevailed during the winter. The spring, instead, suffered through a significant lowering of temperatures. June and July were generally characterized by lower than average rainfall and by higher than average temperatures which led to a slight anticipation of the ripening phase.
Rainfall was notably high during August and September. The rigorous and extensive work in the vineyards, in addition to an improvement of the weather during the last week of September, assisted the final ripening phases of the grapes.
Siepi's Merlot were first grapes to be harvested, on September the 9 th ; the picking of the Sangiovese, instead, did not begin until September 24th and that of the Cabernet Sauvignon until October 14th . Harvesting operations concluded on October 22 nd .
Overall quality greatly benefited from the important day to nighttime temperatures swings which continued during the entire harvest period. The grapes – both on the vine and in the cellar – showed a notable color concentration and much aromatic elegance.
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 594,7mm (11.1 inches)
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3985°C
Evaluation: Very Good