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
Total acidity: 5.90‰
Vineyards location: Siepi (Castellina in Chianti): 260 m (850 ft) a.s.l.; S-SW exp.
Soil: Mainly Alberese
Vineyards age: 20 - 33 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4.500 - 6.500 plants
Harvest: Hand picked August 12th (Merlot), September 22nd (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 2020
Available on the market: October 2020
Production: 38000 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
The 2018 vintage was characterised by a dynamic winter, with northern currents in December and February and a mild climate in January, with abundant rainfall, both of snow and rain, which offset the serious water deficit of the previous years. Spring brought about temperatures above the seasonal average together with abundant rainfall. The budding was early but showed no problems.
From 10 June on, temperatures started to rise again and, in the Chianti Classico area, the summer was good with uniform rainfall. July and August were as usual, while September was marked by a series of sunny days with a large temperature range between day and night, which allowed the grapes to reach the correct phenolic and aromatic ripeness. In short, this harvest was very satisfying harvest from a quantitative and, especially, a qualitative point of view.
Beginning of the harvest: September 12th
End of the harvest: October 8th
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 491 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3666 °C
Evaluation: Very good