Castello di Fonterutoli


Poggio Badiola

Toscana IGT

An "every day" Supertuscan

Coming from high-altitude vineyards in the heart of Chianti Classico, surrounding a X Century Romanic church, it greatly combines the finesse of the freshest Sangiovese with the structure and the smoothness of the Merlot.

Appellation: Toscana IGT
Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (SI)
Grape varieties: 70% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot
Alcohol: 12,80% vol.
Total acidity: 5,40‰
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
Harvest: Hand picked from September 22nd (Sangiovese), from September 19th (Merlot)
Fermentation temperature: 26 - 28° C
Period of maceration: 12 - 15 days
Aging: In american small oak barrels (225 lt) for 10 months
Bottling: December 2015
Available on the market: January 2016
Production: 225,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt
First vintage: 2011
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 whole winter season time was characterised by temperatures above the average, while the rain level falls within the average. Harvest began on 15 September, with the first 2 weeks marked by minimum temperatures above the average by 3° C and unsettled weather. In the second decade of September the weather changed remarkably, exerting a great impact on the vintage quality, with the onset of a high-pressure system resulting in a strong reduction of the minimum temperatures, an increase in the maximum temperatures as well as a settled and dry weather with no rainfall at all for over 24 days; in October (another temperature anomaly) the average temperatures exceeded the seasonal average values in the Chianti Classico area. These conditions granted grapes with good-excellent ripeness and quality. This vintage characterized by high acidity, refined aromas and stable wines over time.
Beginning of the harvest: 15/09
End of the harvest: 15/10
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 365mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3,465°C
Evaluation: Poor (first part) - Good / Very good (second part)