Castello di Fonterutoli


Fonterutoli

Chianti Classico DOCG

Il "Chianti Classico"

It comes from 120 different company parcels, which spread across a unique range of soil and climate types, at an altitude from 220 to 550 metres above sea level in the heart of the Chianti Classico area. It is the flagship and the "Best Seller" of the company, a benchmark for the whole category.
Winery: Castello di Fonterutoli
Winery location: Chianti Classico, Toscana
Grape varieties: 90% Sangiovese, 10% complementary varietals
Alcohol: 13.45%
Total acidity: 5.90‰
Vineyards location: 5 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 18th
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 2019
Available on the market: April 2019
Production: 260000 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

The 2017 harvest was unparalleled thanks to climatic events which followed one another in an unusual and extraordinary way.
After a frost on 20 April, in spring and summer there was little rainfall and summer temperatures reached high peaks, thus leading to water stress, with a reduced swelling of the grapes and a clear drop in the weight of the bunches in general.
The harvest began well in advance on the earliest vines. As regards Sangiovese, we courageously decided to wait for the September rains, when about 130 mm rain fell in 20 days together with a considerable lowering of the temperature (with minimum values dropping to 5 ° C), which gave a twist to the remaining grapes on the grapevines.
Therefore, the grapes had a heterogeneous quality, with peaks of excellence, a global level well beyond the expectations. 2017 is one of the classic vintages where the achievement of important results requires much experience and a careful management of each vineyard through the adoption of a customised approach to each parcel.

Beginning of the harvest: 21 August
End of the harvest: 28 September
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 257,6 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3638,45 °C
Evaluation: Good