Fonterutoli is located 5 km south of Castellina in Chianti (Siena), on the hills facing the Val d’Elsa, in the heart of the Chianti Classico. Owned by the Mazzei family since 1435, it still retains its original form, that of a tranquil country village: a cluster of houses, the church of San Miniato and the villa, built at the end of the 1500s where the medieval castle once stood. Today, the estate comprises 117 hectares of vineyard, largely planted with Sangiovese with some Merlot, Colorino, Malvasia Nera and Cabernet Sauvignon vines also planted. The cellar at Fonterutoli, designed by architect, Agnesi Mazzei, is one of the most impressive in the region, and has a minimal impact on the environment.
Vineyards location: 5 different vineyard sites
Altitude: 220 – 550 metres above sea level
Age of vines: 12 – 25 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
No of vines per hectare: 4,500 – 7,500
Harvest: Hand picked from 24th September
Fermentation temperature: 26 – 28° C
Period of maceration: 16 – 18 days
Ageing: 12 months in small French oak barrels (225 and 500 litre / 40% new)
Bottling: February 2016
Tuscany experienced an excellent growing season in 2013 despite a wet spring. Cool weather in August further slowed the growth of the vines. A long, slow ripening maintained good acidity levels and promoted phenolic maturation without excessive sugar levels.
A deep ruby/garnet colour. Perfumed nose of black cherry, bramble and spice with hints of tobacco. A rounded structure with ripe tannins, integrated acidity and a touch of spice on the long finish.
Serve with cold cuts, hearty pasta dishes or the ideal BBQ pour.
Ageing potential 10 years plus
James Suckling: 90 Points
Chianti Classico DOCG
10% Malvasia Nera, Colorino and Merlot