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"; the combination of these two cépages produces 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: 14.56%
Total acidity: 6.15‰
Vineyards location: Siepi (Castellina in Chianti): 260 m (850 ft) a.s.l.; S-SW exp.
Soil: Mainly Alberese
Vineyards age: 18 - 31 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 4.500 - 6.500 plants
Harvest: Hand picked starting from Sept. 10th (Merlot), from September 27th (Sangiovese)
Fermentation temperature: 26 - 28 °C
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: July 2018
Available on the market: October 2018
Production: 35000 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

Mild and rainy winter with temperatures above the seasonal averages; spring and early summer rainy as well. At the end of June the rain stopped and the temperatures rose, thus marking the beginning of summer on 21 June.

The summer was characterised by warm but generally not hot days, with changes in the temperatures during the day influencing the quality of the grapes. At the end of August and especially from the middle of September to the first week of October, greater changes in the temperatures between the day and the night have been observed, alongside with a long-term stability, thus creating the ideal conditions for the ripening of the bunches with the accumulation of aromatic substances and polyphenols culminating with the great quality of the 2016 vintage.

Upon the harvest, the grapes were globally healthy and the refinement in the cellars proved the high quality of the grapes picked up.

Beginning of the harvest: 10 September
End of the harvest: 11 October
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 484.4 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4,240.2°C
Evaluation: Outstanding