Castello di Fonterutoli


Siepi

Toscana IGT

"One of the 50 wines that changed Italy wine style". Gambero Rosso.

Siepi, owned by Mazzei family since 1435, has always been a model farm, still managed today with the same kind of respect. A unique location, a special microclimate, the foresight in the early 1980s to plant Merlot as the ideal grape to complement Sangiovese in a very particular "terroir" produce a wine which is perfectly balanced between elegance, power and complexity.
Winery: Castello di Fonterutoli
Winery location: Chianti Classico, Toscana
Grape varieties: 50% Sangiovese, 50% Merlot
Alcohol: 14.20%
Total acidity: 6.70‰
Vineyards location: Siepi: 260 m (850 ft) a.s.l.; S-SW exp.
Soil: Mainly Alberese
Vineyards age: 19 - 32 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4.500 - 6.500 plants
Harvest: Hand picked August 31st (Merlot), September 13th (Sangiovese)
Vinification: 26 - 28° C, in stainless steeel tanks
Period of maceration: 14 (Merlot), 18 (Sangiovese) days
Ageing: 18 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt / 70% new)
Finissage: 4 months in concrete tanks
Bottling: June 2019
Available on the market: October 2019
Production: 29500 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt - 12 lt - 18 lt
Cases: 6 bottles wooden box (750 ml), single wooden case (other formats)
First vintage: 1992
Ageing potential: Over 20 years
Key descriptors: Monumentally built, crispy notes of elder, plum, berries, sandalwood, tobacco, with a very long, bright finish
Food pairing: Flavorful, textured dishes, dark sauces, game, blue cheeses

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