Castello di Fonterutoli


Siepi

Toscana IGT

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

A "cru" made with Sangiovese and Merlot grapes grown on 6 hectares in the Siepi vineyard, one of the best estate parcels. Concentration and complexity make it a wine with an authentic and unique temperament. "One of the 50 wines that changed Italy's wine style" (Gambero Rosso). The 2012 vintage celebrates the 20th anniversary of Siepi with a special label and packaging.

Appellation: Toscana IGT
Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Commune of Castellina in Chianti (SI)
Grape varieties: 50% Sangiovese, 50% Merlot
Alcohol: 13,99% vol.
Total acidity: 7,38‰
Vineyards location: Siepi: 260 m (850 ft) a.s.l.; S-SW exp.
Soil: Mainly Alberese
Vineyards age: 14 - 27 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4,500 - 6,500
Harvest: Hand picked starting from Sept. 10th (Merlot), from October 1st (Sangiovese)
Fermentation temperature: 26 - 28° C
Period of maceration: 14 days (Merlot), 18 days (Sangiovese)
Aging: 18 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt / 70% new)
Bottling: December 2014
Available on the market: 2nd semester 2015
Production: 14,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt - 6 lt
First vintage: 1992
Aging potential: Over 20 years
Key descriptors: Monumentally built, dark chocolate flavors, strong and neverending aftertaste
Food pairing: Flavorful, textured dishes, dark sauces, game, blue cheeses


Technical sheet

Vintage

Anomalous weather during the winter period, where there were very few precipitations with a snowfall in February. The months of June, July and August have been characterized by an almost total absence of rain, with temperatures above the seasonal average. A decisive change in weather in the last week of August and the first seven days of September gave a positive turn to the season; there were a significant drop in temperatures for both minimum and maximum temperatures, allowing the plants to resume "work" in an optimal manner and consequently arrive to the ripening of the grapes in very good conditions. The grapes have not had any problems and have arrived to the cellar in optimum conditions. This vintage from a quantitative point of view, gave us a reduction of about 25% -30% of the grapes compared to the previous years. The agronomical judgment on the vintage is on average good, with peaks of excellence for some of the Sangiovese grapes.
Beginning of the harvest: Aug.29
End of the harvest: Oct.10
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 369,8 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 3723°C
Evaluation: Very good