Castello di Fonterutoli


Poggio Badiola

Toscana IGT

An "every day" Supertuscan

It comes from vineyards located at a great altitude in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, around a Romanesque church dating back to the 10th century. It uniquely combines the freshness and elegance of Sangiovese with the soft structure of Merlot, to which a refined touch is given by Petit Verdot.
Winery: Castello di Fonterutoli
Winery location: Chianti Classico, Toscana
Grape varieties: 65% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 13.00%
Total acidity: 5.65‰
Vineyards location: Le Ripe vineyard, alt.: 450 - 510 m. (1,476 - 1,673 ft) a.s.l.
Soil: Rocky - coming from decomposed limestone and sandstone
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 5.500 - 7.200 plants
Harvest: Hand picked from September 12th (Sangiovese), from August 25th (complementary varietals)
Fermentation temperature: 26 - 28 °C
Period of maceration: 12 - 15 days
Ageing: In american small oak barrels (225 lt) for 10 months
Bottling: November 2018
Available on the market: April 2019
Production: 200000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt
First vintage: 1994
Key descriptors: Elegant, fresh red berry flavors, velvety, aromatic and supple
Food pairing: Cold cuts, pasta with meat/game sauce, pizza, big grilled fish, pot roast

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