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.
Vineyard location: Vico Regio: 320 metres above sea level with a south west exposure
Soil: Alberese and Limestone
Vineyard age: 8 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training and Guyot
No. of vines per hectare: 6,660
Harvest: Hand picked from 29th September
Fermentation temperature: 26 – 28° C
Period of maceration: 14 days
Ageing: 22 months in French oak barrels (500 litre)
Bottling: June 2014
2011 was a challenging growing season in Tuscany due to shortage of rain and high summer temperatures. Yields were reduced in order to maintain quality standards. The alcohol is slightly higher than usual but the wines retain the balance expected from the Fonterutoli range.
Made from 36 clones of Sangiovese grown on the estate. Extremely elegant with fresh, red berry perfumes and typical Sangiovese notes of Morello cherry, leather and sweet spice. Extraordinarily complex and persistent, with supple tannins, balanced acidity and mineral notes – a wine of great finesse.
Roasted meats, stewed game, aged cheeses, mushroom and truffle dishes.
Ageing Potential: Over 20 years