Castello di Fonterutoli


Fonterutoli

Chianti Classico DOCG

Il "Chianti Classico"

Selected among Fonterutoli's 120 different parcels, after the master blend of its "big brother" Castello Fonterutoli. It's the main wine and the "Best Seller" of the estate, since ever the category benchmark.
Winery: Castello di Fonterutoli
Winery location: Chianti Classico, Toscana
Grape varieties: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Malvasia Nera, Colorino and Merlot
Alcohol: 13.34%
Total acidity: 5.90‰
Vineyards location: 7 different vineyard sites, altitude: 220 - 550 m. (722 - 1,804 ft) a.s.l.
Soil: Very rich in texture, mainly limestone, varied and complex texture made of limestone and marl
Vineyards age: 12 - 30 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4.500 - 7.500 plants
Harvest: Hand picked from September 23rd
Fermentation temperature: 26 - 28° C °C
Period of maceration: 16 - 18 giorni days
Ageing: 12 months in french oak barrels (225 and 500 lt / 40% new)
Bottling: January 2018
Available on the market: April 2018
Production: 350000 bottles
Formats: 375 ml - 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt
First vintage: 900
Ageing potential: 15 years
Key descriptors: A well proportioned, elegant body, dark berry, fresh spice flavors, intense, smooth taste
Food pairing: Great ability to pair: dark sauce pastas, BBQ, boiled meats with spicy sauces, aged cold cuts...

Technical sheet

Vintage

Mild and rainy winter with temperatures above the seasonal averages; spring and early summer rainy as well. At the end of June the rain stopped and the temperatures rose, thus marking the beginning of summer on 21 June.

The summer was characterised by warm but generally not hot days, with changes in the temperatures during the day influencing the quality of the grapes. At the end of August and especially from the middle of September to the first week of October, greater changes in the temperatures between the day and the night have been observed, alongside with a long-term stability, thus creating the ideal conditions for the ripening of the bunches with the accumulation of aromatic substances and polyphenols culminating with the great quality of the 2016 vintage.

Upon the harvest, the grapes were globally healthy and the refinement in the cellars proved the high quality of the grapes picked up.

Beginning of the harvest: 10 September
End of the harvest: 11 October
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 484.4 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4,240.2°C
Evaluation: Outstanding