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Fontodi Chianti Classico

Italy | 2017
vo

£26.50 a bottle

The wine is deep ruby red in colour. On the nose, it has aromas of sour cherry and plums leading to notes of leather and tobacco. On the palate, it has great depth of flavour, with juicy fruit and supple tannins, giving way to a silky-smooth texture. It has a great structure and finishes with a fine mineral note.

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Origin

As with many true fine wines they are “made” in the vineyard – and Fontodi’s are situated in the prime sub district of Panzano, which the locals refer to as the conca d’oro – or “golden shell” due to the near perfect marriage between aspect, topography and soil. What we can refer to as a natural ampitheatre, the terrior allows the Sangiovese grape to ripen fully with its south-facing vines; microclimate created by the trapping of heat; and stony, galestro soils that provide excellent drainage and encourage deep roots.

Certified Organic, Practising Biodynamic.

Producer

The Manetti family has owned Fontodi since 1969; as well as producing some of Chianti’s finest terracotta, they are also a dab hand at producing high calibre wines. A certified organic estate, no chemical products are used in their 70 hectares of vineyard. Furthermore, to maximise the use of sustainable inputs the modern winery is built on descending levels to exploit gravity in the production process.

Grape Variety

100% Sangiovese.

Fermentation at controlled temperatures occurs over a fortnight in stainless steel vats. Ageing follows for 12 months in French oak barriques and a further 6 months once bottled.

Food Match

This works brilliantly with a Florentine (T Bone cut) steak, simply char grilled with roasted vegetables, or Firenze style with garlic, rosemary and a balsamic drizzle.

Suitable for vegetarians.

Alcohol Percentage

14.5%

Additional information

Vintage

2017

Style

Full Bodied & Rich Reds

Grape Variety

Country of Origin

Food Pairing

Beef, Red Meats, Roasted Vegetables

Alcohol Percentage

14.5%

Region

Tuscany

Other

Vegetarian, Organic