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 altitude: 50 – 310 metres above sea level. South south-west exposure
Vineyard age: 10 – 15 years
Training system: Spur cordon-training
No. of vines per hectare: 6,600
Harvest: Hand picked from 15th September (Belguardo), 27th September (Fonterutoli)
Fermentation temperature: 28 – 30° C
Period of maceration: 16 days (Fonterutoli), 20 days (Belguardo)
Ageing: 24 months in small French and American oak barrels (500 litre / 30% new)
Bottling: March 2015
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.
Dedicated to Philip Mazzei (1730-1816), an illustrious ancestor of the family, a passionate grape
grower, political thinker, and “worldly citizen”. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from each of the Mazzei’s estates, Philip is the quintessence of Tuscany. It embodies the “New World” spirit of Tuscan winemaking, the “revolutionary” character of Philip Mazzei, and expresses the family’s desire to pursue happiness. It is intense and rich, distinctly Mazzei and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Game stews, aged and blue cheese, rich dishes with some spice.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon