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Castello Fonterutoli ‘Siepi’ 2015

Producer Information

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

Siepi is a 6 hectare vineyard located 260 metres above sea level with south, south-west exposure. The soil is mainly Alberese and the average vineyard age is 13 – 26 years. Spur cordon-training and Guyot training systems are used and 4,500-6,500 vines are planted per hectare.

Siepi’s exposure is unique. The vineyard is situated on a plateau that is well lit throughout the day and that is surrounded by an oak forest, creating a perfect micro-climate and a high diurnal range.

Winemaking

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)
Bottling: January 2017
Available on the market: October 2017
Production: 38000 bottles

Vintage Information

“The vintage 2015 was characterized by a rainy winter which resulted in a good supply of water. A mild spring and an hot summer.

Some rainfall in late July and after mid August led to a drop in temperatures, which have established the ideal conditions for the good ripening of the grapes with the accumulation of aromatic molecules and polyphenols, ideal to produce a balanced wine, rich in structure, with complex aromas and long ageing potential.”, Castello di Fonterutoli

Tasting Note

This single vineyard wine, from one the best vineyards on the property, shows an outstanding combination of intensity and elegance, displaying ripe black berry fruit, dark chocolate, mocha and spice notes. It is complex in structure with supple tannins, great concentration and a very long finish.

Food Pairing

Rich meat dishes, roasts, game, blue cheese.

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Press

Gambero Rosso: Tre Bicchieri

Beautiful aromas of ciolets, berries and currants. Dried flowers, too. Full body, such intense fruit and acidity. Vivid and complex. Wild raspberry. Tight and dense. A triumph for Siepi. Half Sangiovese, half Merlot. Better in 2022 but hard not to drink now.”, 98 points, James suckling

 

 

IGT Toscana
50% Sangiovese
50% Merlot

Natural Cork
14%
6.9 g/l
Yes
Yes

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